8 CARNIVALIZING IRISH CATHOLICISM: AUSTIN CLARKE'S THE SUN DANCES AT EASTER

José Lanters

 

The literary reputation of Austin Clarke (1896–1974) is largely based on his satirical poetry, but he also wrote three narratives which he referred to as “prose romances” and which he set in the Middle Ages. While the first narrative, The Bright Temptation (1932), and the third, The Sun Dances at Easter (1952), are lighthearted in tone and optimistic in outcome, the second book, The Singing-Men at Cashel (1936), is much more dark and brooding in both respects. For all the differences between them, however, the three narratives contain similar ingredients, and many of the images and themes of The Bright Temptation recur in the later volumes, but with a ...

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