The Mandarin, the Musician and the Mage: T. K. Whitaker, Sean Ó Riada, Thomas Kinsella and the Lessons of Ireland's Mid-Twentieth-Century Revival
Published by: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers
Imprint: Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers
Sales Date: 2022-09-09
Published: September 2022
Dimensions: 152.00 x 229.00
152.00 x 229.00 mm
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In spite of recession, austerity and pandemics, Ireland has demonstrated an extraordinary degree of resilience, becoming one of the most successful economies in Europe and developing into a society remarkably at ease with itself. This book argues that the seeds of this achievement were sown between the mid-1950s and 1960s, when a Second Irish Revival took place which was comparable to the earlier Celtic Revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
At the heart of this revival were three men: T. K. Whitaker, the youthful Secretary of the Department of Finance, Seán Ó Riada, musician and composer, and Thomas Kinsella, poet, translator and academic. Ó Riada and Kinsella were close friends in Dublin’s emerging artistic world of the 1950s but Kinsella was also Whitaker’s private secretary in the Department of Finance.
The three men, although very different in background and personality, shared a deep knowledge and love of Irish culture, heritage, history and language, but they were also determined to study and absorb the best of what the world could offer in their respective fields of endeavour and it is argued that this combination was a critical factor in their contribution to Irish society.
The book will review the arguments of the sceptics who disagreed with Ireland’s embrace of globalisation and will conclude with a speculative account of how the Mandarin, the Musician and the Mage might like to see Ireland develop in the 2020s.
Contents: The Contribution of Whitaker, Ó Riada and Kinsella to the Second Revival of the Mid- Twentieth Century – How Three Young Irishmen Shouted ‘Stop’ in the 1950s – T. K. Whitaker and the Second Revival – Seán Ó Riada: Musical Regeneration – Thomas Kinsella: The Poetic Muse – Ireland 1956–2020: From Emigrants’ to Immigrants’ Remittances – Ireland 1960–2020: Statistical Analysis of the Transformation – The World in the 2020s and How Ireland Might Respond – The Sceptics: Globalisation, Contents and Discontents – The World from the Perspective of the 2020s – Possible Lessons from the Mandarin, the Musician and the Mage for a New Revival.