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‘Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse’

Negotiating Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies

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Eugene O'Brien

This collection of essays reconsiders aspects of Irish studies through the medium of literary and cultural theory. The author looks at the negotiations between texts and their contexts and then analyses how the writer both reflects and transforms aspects of his or her cultural milieu. The essays examine literary texts by W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce and Sean Ó’Faoláin; media texts such as Father Ted, American Beauty and a series of Guinness advertisements; as well as cultural and political contexts such as globalisation, religion, the Provisional IRA and media treatment of murders in Ireland. The author also looks at aspects of the postcolonial and feminist paradigms and makes use of a theoretical matrix based on the work of Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan.

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Index 1960s 15, 19–20 1968 4, 16, 19, 21, 100, 109–10, 157, 198–200 Abu Ghraib 133 abuse 15, 20, 23–4, 112, 125, 128, 129, 131, 146 Adorno, Theodor 100, 111, 144, 193 advertising 9, 125, 170–9, 181–2, 185–8 aesthetic 5, 27, 69, 108 Ahern, Bertie 23, 162 Althusser, Louis 165, 173, 193 ISA 174 America 2, 8–9, 12–13, 15, 21, 23, 54, 94, 120, 124, 126, 128, 133, 140, 158, 160, 162, 172, 187–8, 193, 201 American Beauty 8–9, 120, 124, 126, 193, 201 analysis 4, 5, 9, 16–18, 71, 116, 118–21, 155, 159, 165, 169 Anderson, Benedict 143, 145, 193 Baranczak, Stanislaw 27 Barthes, Roland 18–19, 174, 193 Mythologies 18 Baudrillard, Jean 176, 178, 183, 185, 193 For A Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign 177, 183, 193 Behan, Brendan 13, 20, 193 binary opposition 5, 9, 17, 37, 41–2, 44, 56, 69, 92, 101, 121, 131, 138, 156–7, 165, 168 Bishop Brennan (character from Father Ted ) 21, 113, 115–16, 123, 125, 128–30, 199 bishops 112–13, 123, 129–30 Bloom, Harold 68, 75–6, 78–9, 83, 96, 124, 126, 195 Britain 42, 71, 82, 109 Britishness 8, 12–13, 30, 81, 101, 105, 134, 139, 142, 148, 182 Bush, George W. 2, 60, 163 Cambridge 1, 193–4, 196, 198, 200–1, 202 Casey, Eamon 24, 113, 115, 123, 125, 129–30 Catholic Church 12, 14, 23...

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