Circe's cup : cultural transformations in early modern writing about Ireland


    • Carroll, Clare


Circe's cup : cultural transformations in early modern writing about Ireland

Clare Carroll

(Critical conditions, 11)

University of Notre Dame Press in association with Field Day, 2001

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"Published in the United States in 2001 by University of Notre Dame Press and in Ireland by Cork University Press"--T.p. verso of University of Notre Dame Press [ed.]

Bibliography: p. 181-197

Includes index

At head of title: Critical conditions: Field day essays



Circe's Cup is a collection of eight essays that investigate the role writing played in transforming early modern Irish culture. This radical new assessment of culture and conflict in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ireland covers a wide range of topics, including ethnography, translation practices, and political philosophy. Taking its title from the metaphor of "Circe's Cup,"which was used by Old and New English writers to describe the corrupting influence they attributed to Irish culture, this collection presents a new perspective on colonial theory. Clare Carroll's essays cross disciplines, cultures, and languages to examine various modes of discourse, such as those of gender, religion, and ethnicity. History, poetry, philology, and political science are read side by side to ferret out examples of cultural change. Carroll's account considers both English and Irish language sources, and contrasts them to French, Spanish, and Italian texts. Circe's Cup argues for the need to see similarities between Irish and English texts, while at the same time focusing on the sharp, and often irreconcilable, difference between the two.

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