Roy Foster is Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London and Emeritus Professor of Irish History at Oxford. His most recent book is Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890–1923.
 (July 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

Will the Center Hold?

Brian Friel at home in County Donegal, Ireland, 2011

After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present

by Declan Kiberd
“Confusion,” according to the schoolmaster Hugh in Brian Friel’s play Translations, “is not an ignoble condition.” Confusion is rife in Declan Kiberd’s energetic, imaginative, exasperating literary history After Ireland, both as a description of the current state of the Irish nation and as a reflection of his explosively scattershot approach …

Master of Exceptions

Workers: Worlds of Labor

by Eric Hobsbawm
Last year a touching and curious film was shown on British television. It consisted essentially of home movies made by a left-wing Cambridge undergraduate in 1939; the jerky camera captured and preserved moments of uncomplicated political activity on marches and in discussion groups, shared by a jeunesse engagée perched on …