The Islandman

Ó Tuama's view of The Islandman as the “ biography of a community ” is contested to a degree by Foster who considers the autobiographical aspect of Tomás ' enterprise at greater length than most commentators ( 1987 323-40 ) .

Author: Irene Lucchitti

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039118374

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This book concerns Tomás O'Crohan of the Blasket Islands and offers a radical reinterpretation of this iconic Irish figure and his place in Gaelic literature. It examines the politics of Irish culture that turned O'Crohan into «The Islandman» and harnessed his texts to the national political project, presenting him as an instinctual, natural hero and a naïve, almost unwilling writer, and his texts as artefacts of unselfconscious, unmediated linguistic and ethnographic authenticity. The author demonstrates that such misleading claims, never properly scrutinised before this study, have been to the detriment of the author's literary reputation and that they have obscured the deeply personal and highly idiosyncratic purpose and nature of his writing. At the core of the book is a recognition that what O'Crohan wrote was not primarily a history, nor an ethnography, but an autobiography. The book demonstrates that the conventional reading of the texts, which privileges O'Crohan's fisherman identity, has hidden from view the writer protagonist inscribed in the texts, subordinating his identity as a writer to his identity as a peasant. The author shows O'Crohan to have been a literary pioneer who negotiated the journey from oral tradition into literature as well as a modern, self-aware man of letters engaging deliberately and artistically with questions of mortality.

The Islandman


Author: Tomás Ó Crohan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192812339

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 245

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Tomas O'Crohan's sole purpose in writing The Islandman was, he wrote, "to set down the character of the people about me so that some record of us might live after us, for the like of us will never be seen again." This is an absorbing narrative of a now-vanished way of life, written by one who had known no other.

The Vanishing World of The Islandman

The Islandman, translated by Robin Flower. Dublin, and Chatto and Windus, London: The Talbot Press, 1951 [1937]. O'Crohan, Tomás. Karg Kust, translated by M. Angström. Stockholm: Bokförlag KF: S, 1949. O'Crohan, Tomás.

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030257750

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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Exploring An t-Oileánach (anglicised as The Islandman), an indigenous Irish-language memoir written by Tomás Ó Criomhthain (Tomás O'Crohan), Máiréad Nic Craith charts the development of Ó Criomhthain as an author; the writing, illustration, and publication of the memoir in Irish; and the reaction to its portrayal of an authentic, Gaelic lifestyle in Ireland. As she probes the appeal of an island fisherman’s century-old life-story to readers in several languages—considering the memoir’s global reception in human, literary and artistic terms—Nic Craith uncovers the indelible marks of Ó Criomhthain’s writing closer to home: the Blasket Island Interpretive Centre, which seeks to institutionalize the experience evoked by the memoir, and a widespread writerly habit amongst the diasporic population of the Island. Through the overlapping frames of literary analysis, archival work, interviews, and ethnographic examination, nostalgia emerges and re-emerges as a central theme, expressed in different ways by the young Irish state, by Irish-American descendants of Blasket Islanders in the US today, by anthropologists, and beyond.

The Islandman

Tomas O'Crohan was born on the Great Blasket Island in 1865 and died there in 1937, a great master of his native Irish.

Author: Tomás O'Crohan

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191592423

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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Tomas O'Crohan was born on the Great Blasket Island in 1865 and died there in 1937, a great master of his native Irish. He shared to the full the perilous life of a primitive community, yet possessed a shrewd and humorous detachment that enabled him to observe and describe the world. His book is a valuable description of a new vanished way of life; his sole purpose in writing it was in his own words, 'to set down the character of the people about me so that some record of us might live after us, for the like of us will never be again'. The Blasket Islands are three miles off Irelands Dingle Peninsula. Until their evacuation just after the Second World War, the lives of the 150 or so Blasket Islanders had remained unchanged for centuries. A rich oral tradition of story-telling, poetry, and folktales kept alive the legends and history of the islands, and has made their literature famous throughout the world. The 7 Blasket Island books published by OUP contain memoirs and reminiscences from within this literary tradition, evoking a way of life which has now vanished.

Irish National Cinema

Visually , The Islandman reveals its indebtedness to Man of Aran although it keeps its commercial options open by including highly sentimentalised sequences of native singing and dancing that dilute an otherwise stark aesthetic .


Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415278945

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

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Ruth Barton argues that in order to understand the position of filmmaking in Ireland and the inheritance on which contemporary filmmakers draw, definitions of the Irish culture and identity must take into account the Irish diaspora and engage with its cinema.

Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival

The Islandman is the authentic inside information , social observation and documentary realism revival writers would have required to write a genuine rural fiction of the west , but mostly did not possess , bar possibly Synge who was of ...

Author: John Wilson Foster

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 081562588X

Category: Social Science

Page: 428

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This is a critical survey of the fiction and non-fiction written in Ireland during the key years between 1880 and 1920, or what has become known as the Irish Literary Renaissance. The book considers both the prose and the social and cultural forces working through it.

The Last Blasket King

The Islandman, p. 30. In Wicklow and West Kerry, p. 41. An Caomhnóir, Rí an Oileáin, 1990. An tOileánach Léannta, p. 35. From the Great Blasket to America, p. 18. Thar Bealach Isteach, p. 29. Chapter 3. The Last Blasket King: A Profile ...

Author: Gerald Hayes

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 9781848898875

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

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The last King of the Great Blasket Island was Pádraig Ó Catháin, known as Peats Mhicí, who served for quarter of a century until his death in 1929. The King helped the islanders navigate through life and through national as well as international events, such as the 1916 Rising and the Great War. This book tells how he came to be King of the Great Blasket Island and how his personality and integrity shaped the role. This is the first account of the King’s extraordinary life, written in collaboration with his descendants in the USA and Ireland. It tells the story of this unique man, his many contributions to the island and his extended legacy. • Also available: From the Great Blasket to America by Michael Carney and The Loneliest Boy in the World by Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin

Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State

In a 1935 review of the English translation, a work he called 'a priceless boon upon those who are not sufficiently versed in Irish to read the book in the original', John J. M. Ryan proclaimed: 'The world into which "The Islandman" ...

Author: Philip O'Leary

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271030104

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 784

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This is an authoritative account of the a major, but neglected aspect of the Irish cultural renaissance- prose literature of the Gaelic Revival. The period following the War of Independence and Civil War saw an outpouring of book-length works in Irish from the state publishing agency An Gum. The frequency and production of new plays, both original and translated, have never been approached since. This book investigates all of these works as well as journalism and manuscript material and discusses them in a lively and often humorous manner. -- Publisher description