The emergence of an Irish humanities ethos
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This chapter examines key debates and movements in the humanities subjects in Irish universities since the forties. The first section examines Irish language criticism in demonstrating how important the language question was for education in literature and philosophy in the university up to the seventies. New movements in the humanities subjects in Ireland such as Irish Studies and postcolonialism are also assessed in light of influential work by Declan Kiberd, Richard Kearney and others. This section looks towards an Irish humanities ethos by contrasting the practice of the Irish humanities with that espoused by F. R. Leavis in relation to the English tradition.

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