After returning from an extended stay in Ireland, the author recognizes the difficulty in describing and defining the life and literature of the Irish. The Irish literary Renaissance coincided with renewed patriotism and zeal for independence. Because of this reawakening, Ireland's history and mythology plays a major role in the contemporary collective unconscious of the Irish people, in stronger ways, perhaps, than in any other location among any other people.
"The Other Presences in Irish Life and Literature,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol6/iss1/4