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James Joyce and journalism
Terence Killeen

. Similarly, Joyce’s Daily Express review of Lady Gregory’s Poets and Dreamers can justifiably be read as a rejection of the entire world of the Irish peasantry, ‘feeble and sleepy’, telling stories without ‘any satisfying imaginative wholeness’.8 But when, some years later, Joyce meets an actual peasant on the Aran Islands, a person who could fairly be considered a type, if not the type of his race, he is a far more complex character than that delineated in the Gregory review: ‘Under his apparent simplicity there is something sceptical, humorous, spectral.’9 One

in Irish journalism before independence
Fergus Campbell

what this tells us about modern and postmodern Ireland is an important question that remains to be explored. Perhaps the extraordinary work of Tim Robinson that explores the landscape of Connemara and the Aran Islands in a multilayered manner, incorporating geology, geography, history, literature and folklore (and walking), suggests some new ways of thinking about Irish land for the next generation who will live and work on it and who will research and write about it.21 It may be that the land of Ireland continues to contain valuable secrets that students of Ireland

in Land questions in modern Ireland