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Sons of Ulster

Masculinities in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel


Caroline Magennis

Both masculinity and the Northern Irish conflict have been the subjects of a great deal of recent scholarship, yet there is a dearth of material on Northern Irish masculinity. Northern Ireland has a remarkable literary output relative to its population, but the focus of critical attention has been on poetry rather than the fine novels that have been written in and about Ulster. This book goes some way towards remedying the deficiency in critical attention to the Northern Irish novel and the lack of gendered approaches to Northern Irish literature and society.
Sons of Ulster explores the representation of masculinity within a number of Northern Irish novels written since the mid-1990s, focusing on works by Eoin McNamee, Glenn Patterson and Robert McLiam Wilson. One of the key aims of the book is to disrupt notions of a hegemonic Northern Irish masculinity based on violent conflict and hyper-masculine sectarian rhetoric. The author uses the three sections of the text to represent the three key facets of Northern Irish masculinity: bodies, performances and subjectivity bound up with violence.


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Key to Abbreviations 12:23 McNamee, Eoin. 12:23: Paris 31st August 1997 BN Patterson, Glenn. Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain BT McNamee, Eoin. The Blue Tango ES Wilson, Robert McLiam. Eureka Street FL Patterson, Glenn. Fat Lad LL Leitch, Maurice. The Liberty Lad LP Patterson, Glenn. Lapsed Protestant N5 Patterson, Glenn. Number 5 RB Wilson, Robert McLiam. Ripley Bogle RM McNamee, Eoin. Resurrection Man SS Park, David. Swallowing the Sun TI Patterson, Glenn. The International TU McNamee, Eoin. The Ultras TWW Patterson, Glenn. That Which Was

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