The Art of Mary O'Donnell: Poet, Novelist and Short Story Writer
Edited By Maria Elena Jaime de Pablos
This is the first book to provide a critical assessment of the work of the Irish author Mary O’Donnell. The essays collected here engage with O’Donnell’s writing across multiple genres and explore the themes and preoccupations that have characterized her oeuvre. Alongside her creative work, O’Donnell’s has been a steady and continuing voice for many years within the world of theatre criticism, book reviewing, essay writing, radio broadcasts and cultural commentary.
As a writer, O’Donnell’s principal themes include contemporary Irish society, the position of women in Ireland and the role of the artist. Throughout her career, her approach has been unconventional and her work has sometimes presented a challenge to the status quo. The contributors to this volume illuminate O’Donnell’s role as a humanist writer searching for truth at all costs, through the fictive lives of her often unusual characters, and through the emotional range and depth of her poetry.
Abbey Theatre 31, 33, 158
abortion 41, 82
abuse 90, 111, 112, 146, 167
addictions 117, 133, 134, 174, 176, 179
adolescence 42, 61, 106, 119
adultery 109–10, 149
aesthetic viii, ix, 1, 27, 81, 93, 160, 161
Africa 12, 33, 63, 71, 94, 111, 131–2, 140
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