Introduction (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
Irish literature falls into two distinct categories. Written in the Irish language, the first category includes bardic poems and Celtic sagas. The second category, Irish literature written in English, includes what is often called Anglo-Irish literature because it was created by Protestants of English extraction. This phenomenon can be explained by England’s historical colonization of Ireland and the acceptance of Irish writers within the British literary tradition.
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