This book began as a series of papers read at a two day conference held in University College Cork in April 2013, marking the centenary of the death of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, prolific author, activist and priest. They illustrate two salient features of the life and work of a remarkably gifted and cultured person: The first is the emphasis upon the individual, and the unique nature of personal experience, which was such a hallmark of his literary output, reflecting many contemporary political, philosophical, literary and religious concerns. The other is the truly international, indeed global, reach of Canon Sheehan’s output, which was catholic as well as Catholic in its appeal. It is difficult to find many other Irish authors of the last century who come even remotely close to this type of international popularity.
Introduction - Gabriel Doherty
1. Canon Sheehan of Doneraile: A literary life - James O’Brien
2. Canon Sheehan’s apprehensions about the Ireland of his time - Ruth Fleischmann
3. The canon of literature and the obstinate quill: Matthew Russell, S.J. and the Irish Monthly - Declan O’Keeffe
4. The Canon in Germany: the context of his reception - Eda Sagarra
5. European catholic literature, and the reception accorded to Canon Sheehan in Czechia - Martin C. Putna
6. Sheehan and Heuser: collaborating for the upbuilding of the church - Joseph G. Hubbert
7. Canon Sheehan’s dystopia: ‘Godless science’ and ‘Survival of the fittest’ - Don O’Leary
8. Canon Sheehan and the Fenians: history, memory and depiction - John O’Donovan
Publisher: SMENOS Publications
Format: Hardback 160 pages
Date of Publication: 12 November 2014
ISBN 13: 9781910388068
RRP: Hardback: € 35 + post & package
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List of contributors:
Gabriel Doherty is a College Lecturer of the School of History, University College Cork.
Ruth Fleischmann has recently retired as Dean of Studies of her Faculty after 26 years at the University of Bielefeld.
Joseph G. Hubbert is a Vincentian priest and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Niagara University, New York.
James O'Brien is a priest of the diocese of Cloyne.
John O'Donovan is a postgraduate student in the School of History, University College Cork.
Declan O'Keeffe is Head of Communications in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare.
Don O'Leary is a Senior Technical Officer of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork.
Martin C. Putna is a historian specializing in the relations between literature and religion, and is a Professor of Charles University, Prague.
Eda Sagarra is Emeritus Professor of German, Trinity College Dublin