Voicing Dissent: New Perspectives in Irish Criticism

Voicing Dissent: New Perspectives in Irish Criticism


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Voicing Dissent is a collection of critical essays exploring the idea of dissent in contemporary Irish Studies. Prominent in these essays are radical points of view, alternative readings, contentious texts, and some unusual and innovative approaches to canonical works. Energetic young scholars add their voices to the debate, breaking new literary ground and bringing into the light fresh interpretations and original critical insights in Irish literature and culture. While the book is primarily concerned with dissent in changing cultural and social contexts within literature, it also addresses several different fields of academic research, including history, cinema, and gender studies. Elsewhere, by looking at post-colonial trauma in works of fiction, Irish identity is interrogated. Representations of femininity, sexuality, and patriarchy are challenged by rebellious women, whether as characters, writers, or critics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780716531388
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xiv

Introduction 1

Part 1 Verse and Subversion

1 'Stabbed up the line': Myth and Dissent in the Poetry of Brendan Kennelly Sandrine Brisset 7

2 The Passing of Time in Thomas Kinsella's Early Poetry Amy Galvin 16

3 Cribs and Collaborations in the Poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Shannon Hipp 24

4 Marginal Figures and Subversion in the Poetry of Cathal Ó Searcaigh Caitríona Ní Chléirchín 37

5 'Of them but not of them': Louis MacNeice and the 'Thirties Poets' Simon Workman 49

Part 2 Dissent on Stage

6 Tribunal Theatre and the Voice of Dissent as seen in Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry Sheila McCormick 61

7 Exploding the Kitchen Comedy: Maurice Meldon's Purple Path to the Poppy Field Ian Walsh 69

8 A Brief Consideration of Dissent in Two Reformation Moralities: Love Feigned and Unfeigned and Three Laws Brian Gourley 80

9 Irish Nationalist [Mis]readings of Ibsen: Padraig Pearse, Lennox Robinson and Thomas MacDonagh Irina Ruppo Malone 91

Part 3 Postcolonialism and Irish Identity

10 Murder in the Margin: Descent and Dissent in Patrick McCabe's Winterwood and Sherman Alexie's Indian Killer Jessica Dougherty-McMichael 103

11 Serious Fancy: Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens and the Literary Fairy Tale in Colonial Discourse Katherine O'Keefe 113

12 The Bell Magazine: A Dissenting Vision of Irish Identity Kelly Matthews 122

13 Postcolonial Trauma - Postmodern Recovery? Gender, Nation and Trauma in Contemporary Irish and Scottish Fiction Stefanie Lehner 129

Part 4 Rebellious Femininity

14 'What Kate Did': Subversive Dissent in Kate O'Brien's The Ante-Room Sharon Tighe-Mooney 143

15 'Mastered yet controlling what they were mastered by': John McGahern's Amongst Women and the Female Dandy Graham Price 159

16 'Anything neurotic, exotic, experimental or new': Trauma and Representation in Women's Writing on the Troubles Anthea E. Cordner 170

17 The Other Side of the Story: Femininity, Sexuality and Patriarchal Ireland in the Short Stories of Mary Lavin, Clare Boylan and Emma Donoghue Lori Bennett 181

18 Intertextuality, Parody and Jouissance in Emma Donoghue's Dissenting Fairy Tales Libe García Zarranz 190

Part 5 Pop Culture and Heroic Misfits

19 Folk Devils and Moral Panic: Sedition, Subversion and Sensation in Victorian Popular Culture Michael Flanagan 203

20 Disobeying Gilles Deleuze: Is Quentin Tarantino the Voice of Dissent? Jenny O'Connor 215

21 'Sinne Laochra Fáil': Heroism and Heroes in the Work of Pádraig Ó Cíobháin Sorcha de Brún 226

22 Captain Jack White, DSO - Anarchist and Proleptic Postructuralist Leo Keohane 241

Index 252

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