The Novel and the Nation

The Novel and the Nation : Studies in the New Irish Fiction

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Recent developments in Irish literature are largely ignored in existing critical texts on Irish culture. This is the first study to make a detailed examination of the new novelists and themes emerging in the genre, as well as covering the foundations of contemporary Irish fiction. Gerry Smyth provides a broad overview of the forms and theories that comprise the traditional Irish novel and explores the ways in which modern writers challenge established notions of Irish fiction. Focusing on the work of leading contemporary Irish writers - including Roddy Doyle, Glenn Patterson, Emma Donoghue and Patrick McCabe - Smyth employs innovative techniques in his analysis, such as the relevance of post-colonial theory to Irish literature, and the links between literature and wider cultural and political developments. Also included is a previously unpublished interview with Roddy more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745312152
  • 9780745312156
  • 2,169,678

About Gerry Smyth

Gerry Smyth is a lecturer in cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, teaching colonialism, post-colonialism and contemporary Irish fiction. He has published on Joyce, Arnold, Irish traditional music, and contemporary Irish cultural more

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'A marvellous resource for anyone teaching Irish Studies. .Imbued with the spirit of Joyce, Smyth's detailed investigations of the dominant themes of the new Irish fiction are fruitful and provocative' -- Textual Practice 'An enormously stimulating book' -- Irish Democratshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Part One: Theories And Histories 1. Theories: The birth of the nation; Cultural nationalism; Novel and nation 2. Forms: The author; The text; The reader 3. Themes: Madness and dreams; Family matters; The city and country Part Two: Contemporary Irish Fiction 4. Roddy Doyle and the New Irish Fiction: Roddy Doyle, Dermot Bolger, Patrick McCabe, Kathleen Ferguson, Mary Morrissey, Lia Mills 5. The Novel and the North: Deirdre Madden, Eoin McNamee, Colin Bateman, Glenn Pattterson,Robert MacLiam Wilson, Mary Beckett, Eugene McCabe, Kate O'Riordan 6. Borderlands: James Ryan, Joseph O Connor, Desmond Hogan, Emma Donoghue, Tom Lennon, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Richard Kearney, John McGahern Interview with Roddy Doyle Conclusion Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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