Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Monday, February 20, 2012

Irish Short Story Week March 12 to March 22-my tentative reading plans

Irish Short Story Week Year II
March 12 to March 22
My Tentative Reading Plans.

Resources and Ideas for Irish Short Story Week

Long List of Female Irish Authors with lots of Links

The home of Irish women writers on the web

All of the Irish Women Authors listed on Wikipedia

Please consider joining us for Irish Short Story Week Year Two, March 12 to March 22.   All you need do is post on one short story by an Irish author and send me a comment or and e mail and I will include it in the master post at the end of the challenge.  

Irish Short Story Week, always set around St. Patrick's Day (March 17 this year) will be from March 12 to March 22.   Last year a total of about 60 different stories were posted on by people from all over the world.   

Writers of Irish short stories pretty much have set the tone for much of the cultural and literary trends of the last 100 years.   Bram Stroker and Joseph Sheridan La Fanu basically started the vampire craze that is still going strong all over the movies and TV now as well as in books.   Oscar Wilde helped create a new sensibility, that of camp, that has opened up an entire new way of looking at the world.    Among Irish short story writers are James Joyce, most important 20th century and beyond novelist, Samuel Beckett the most important 20th century playwright, and William Butler Yeats, for sure the greatest poet of the Twentieth century and for me one of the very greatest of all times.    Stepping down from Mount Parnasssus, we have wonderful writers like my literary love, Elizabeth Bowen to represent the Anglo-Irish.   Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is considered among the very best writers of Ghost and Fairy stories.   Not bad for a country just a little bit bigger than the American state of West Virginia and less than one percent the size of Australia.

Here are my tentative plans for the ten day week

Day One-stories related to the Irish Diaspora by George Moore, Liam O' Flaherty, and James Joyce

Day Two   Oscar Wilde

Day Three Irish Gothic-Lord Dunsany and Joseph Sheridan la Fanu

Day Four-historic roots-maybe James Stephens

Day Five-Elizabeth Bowen Day

Day Six-More from two Irish Authors whose works I have reviewed

Day Seven-Fairy Tales

Day 8-Frank O'Connor Day

Day 9-Open

Day 10-Open-may expand this to American and Australian writers from the second generation.

Mel u


Caroline said...

I want to join you and may even choose one of your authors and post on the same day but not sure when yet.
A great list in any case.

ds said...

Ooh, some of my favorite authors in that mix. Will try to join you sometime that week--it has been a while since I read any short stories...Also, I am most sorry for the loss of Mr. C. It is so difficult to lose a beloved furry member of the family, especially one who has been there for so much.

Suko said...

Is it time for this challenge already?! I'll probably participate at a low level--one short story--if that's an option. Last year, I enjoyed reading The Journey by Edna O'Brien.

@parridhlantern said...

Hi Mel, will attempt a story or so & some poetry also, thanks

Mel u said...

Caroline. It will be great to have you join in

Ds. I hope you can join us. I am having hard time coping with loss of Mr. C

Suko. Hope you can join us

Parrish Lantern. Would be great if you joined in

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel: I'm all in. I have The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Plus I want to read Dubliners. I will also look in the several anthologies that I have.

I'm yet to edit the Africa Challenge Post. I apologize. Life's been hectic. But I will do so this weekend, promise, so that you can participate fully.

Looking forward to the Irish Short Story Week!

Buried In Print said...

I'll be taking part. I haven't completely settled my choices yet, but I know there are some fairy tales involved, so I'll try to time those to coincide with your focus on those too! Looking forward to it!

Mel u said...

Kinna-so glad you will be joining in for the event-I will set up a sidebar link to your challenge once you and fun challenge for me to try to read one short story from each country in Africa by year end

Buried In Print-great to have you joining in -Oscar Wilde wrote a number of good fairy tales as did Joseph Sheridan La Fanu, among others

*ೃ༄ Jillian said...

Hi Mel -

I'm going to try to read "The Dead" by James Joyce in March. Thanks for hosting! :)

Mel u said...

Jillian-great pick and so glad you will be joining

TBM said...

Cool! I heard about this from Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat. I'm looking into a short story by Bram Stoker but I haven't decided on which one yet. Thanks for hosting!

Novroz said...

yaaai ... it's starting!!! I am joining in Mel :)

Unknown said...

so excited!!! thanks for the reminder and the lovely compliment...i think i'll do all women this week...don't know what i'll do next.