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Edna O'Brien

'New Critical Perspectives'


Edited By Maureen O'Connor, Kathryn Laing and Sinead Mooney

The essays collected in Edna O’Brien: New Critical Perspectives illustrate the range, complexity and interest of O’Brien as a fiction writer and dramatist. Together they contribute to a broader appreciation of her work and to an evolution of new critical approaches, as well as igniting greater interest in the many unexplored areas of her considerable oeuvre.

The contributors who include new and established scholars in the field of O’Brien criticism, are Rebecca Pelan, Maureen O’Connor, Michelle Woods, Bertrand Cardin, Ann Norton, Eve Stoddard, Michael Harris, Loredana Salis, Shirley Peterson, Patricia Coughlan, Sinéad Mooney, and Mary Burke.

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The editors would like to thank the Department of English, National University of Ireland, Galway. We are also grateful to the Centre for Irish Studies, the Women’s Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts of the National University of Ireland, Galway, all of whom supported ‘Edna O’Brien: A Reappraisal’, the conference (held in April 2005) from which several of the essays in this volume are drawn. Our thanks also go to the contributors for their prompt responses to all our questions and queries.

We acknowledge the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship which has helped support the project, and also the financial support of the Arts Council of Ireland. We are also grateful for permission to reprint a version of ‘Edna O’Brien, Irish Dandy’ by Maureen O’Connor, which originally appeared in Irish Studies Review, Vol.13 (2005), pp. 469-477(

Finally, for their support in various ways, we thank Mark, Jamie and Gregory Munday, Ian Flanagan, Tadhg Foley, Louis de Paor, Faith Binckes, Patrick Lonergan, Irene O’Malley, and Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.

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