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Breaking the Mould

Literary Representations of Irish Catholicism

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Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien

Catholicism has played a central role in Irish society for centuries. It is sometimes perceived in a negative light, being associated with repression, antiquated morality and a warped view of sexuality. However, there are also the positive aspects that Catholicism brought to bear on Irish culture, such as the beauty of its rituals, education and health care, or concern for the poor and the underprivileged. Whatever their experience of Catholicism, writers of a certain generation could not escape its impact on their lives, an impact which is pervasive in the literature they produced.
This study, containing twelve chapters written by a range of distinguished literary experts and emerging scholars, explores in a systematic manner the cross-fertilisation between Catholicism and Irish/Irish-American literature written in English. The figures addressed in the book include James Joyce, Maud Gonne, Constance Markievicz, Kate O’Brien, Edwin O’Connor, Brian Moore, John McGahern, Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, Vincent Carroll and Brian Friel. This book will serve to underline the complex relationship between creative writers and the once all-powerful religious Establishment.

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Index Abbey Theatre, 195, 199, 202 Anastasia, St, 62 Aquinas, St Thomas, 50 art form, 14–18, 22, 26, 95 Bach, Johann Sebastian, 216 Baudrillard, Jean, 167 Simulacra and Simulations, 167 Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot, 214 Bertha, Csilla, 215–216, 218 Blanchot, Maurice, 174 The Work of Fire, 174 Bloom, Molly, 16, 18, 20, 24–25, 230 Boltwood, Scott, 221 Bourdieu, Pierre, 165–166, 169–170 Practical Reason, 165–166 Bridget/Brigid, 49 Brigid, St, 203, 205, 208–209 Browne, Michael (Bishop), 75 Cahill, Edward, 71 Canterbury Tales, The, 220 Carlson, Julia, 5–6 Carroll, Paul Vincent, 2, 193, 202 Shadow and Substance, 193, 202–210 Carruthers, Mary, 15, 21 Catholic Social Teaching, 73 Chandler, Daniel, 16 Christianity, 1–4, 8, 9, 26, 29, 31, 33, 38–39, 45, 48–49, 53, 58–59, 72, 75, 88, 91–98, 101–103, 105–106, 121, 148, 151, 156, 165, 203, 213–214, 229 Clarke, Austin, 92, 200 Cleary, Joe, 199 Clerical abuse, 6, 73, 88, 100, 135, 155, 164, 166, 168, 193 clericalism, 102, 204 cognitive, 14, 27 Communism, 52, 72, 102 Connolly, James, 50, 52, 56–60 countryside, 142, 152, 213, 227 Craig, Patricia, 132, 139 cultural dissonance, 14, 26 Dalsimer, Adele, 76–77, 80, 84, 87, 101 dancing, 217, 226–227 Darwin, Charles, 92 de Certeau, Michel, 6 De Lorris, Guillaume, 13 De Meun, Jean, 13 Derrida, Jacques, 32–36, 40, 43 Dollinger, 45, 53 Druid Theatre Company, 202 Dudley Edwards, Ruth, 59–60 Durcan, Paul A Snail in...

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