In a volume that has become a standard text in Irish studies and serves as a course-friendly alternative to the Field Day anthology, editors Maureen O’Rourke Murphy and James MacKillop survey thirteen centuries of Irish literature, including Old Irish epic and lyric poetry, Irish folksongs, and drama. For each author the editors provide a biographical sketch, a brief discussion of how his or her selections relate to a larger body of work, and a selected bibliography. In addition, this new volume includes a larger sampling of women writers.
Maureen O’Rourke Murphy is dean of students and associate professor of English at Hofstra University, past president of the American Committee for Irish Studies (ACIS) and author of A Guide to Irish Studies in the United States.
James MacKillop is also a past president of ACIS and the author of The Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, Fionn mac Cumhaill: Celtic Myth in English Literature, and editor of Contemporary Irish Cinema: From “The Quiet Man” to “Dancing at Lughnasa,” the last two volumes also published by Syracuse University Press.