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Sons of Ulster

Masculinities in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel

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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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Index abortion 10, 28–31, 42, 104, 138, 150–151 Bakhtin, Mikhail 23, 27, 143 Breakfast on Pluto 88 Butler, Judith 6, 19, 22, 53–56, 58, 81, 143 Cal 15, 128–129 Catholicism 9–10, 27–29, 31, 43–46, 48–49, 54–56, 69, 80–82, 91, 95, 97, 102, 112–113, 116, 147–148, 150, 158 civil rights movement 8, 10, 133, 154 class 1, 5, 7, 13, 16, 26, 40–41, 51, 54–55, 60, 63, 66, 95, 102, 111, 115, 119, 133, 134–140 Connell, R.W. 3–5, 7–8 de Beauvoir, Simone 4, 22, 53–54 Emperor of Ice Cream, The 15, 80 Feldman, Allen 35, 47–48, 50–51 Foster, John Wilson 2, 13–14, 17, 36 Foucault, Michel 6, 22, 53, 55, 61, 80 Freud, Sigmund 3, 4, 27–29, 34, 55, 60–61, 93–95, 150 Giddens, Anthony 61–62 ‘hard man’ 19, 52, 65–78, 87, 100, 135, 143–144 homosexuality 4, 6, 10, 39, 55–57, 64, 75, 79–91, 105, 153–154, 159 Johnson, Jason 57, 66–68, 110 Alina 66–68 Woundlicker 66–67, 110–111 Joyce, James 13–15, 17, 21, 26–27, 42, 44, 56, 88, 105, 112, 150 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 15, 56, 88, 105, 150 Ulysses 14–15, 26–27, 56, 150 Kristeva, Julia 18, 21–23, 28, 40–41, 47, 49–50, 52, 143 Lacan, Jacques 27, 34–35, 54, 93–94, 97 Liberty Lad, The...

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