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Mother/Country

Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín

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Kathleen Costello-Sullivan

This original and engaging study explores the way in which Colm Tóibín repeatedly identifies and disrupts the boundaries between personal and political or social histories in his fiction. Through this collapsing of boundaries, he examines the cost of broader political exclusions and considers how personal and political narratives shape individual subjects.
Each of Tóibín’s novels is comprehensively addressed here, as are his non-fiction works, reviews, plays, short stories, and some as-yet-unpublished work. The book situates Tóibín not only within his contemporary literary milieu, but also within the contexts of the Irish literary tradition, contemporary Irish politics, Irish nationalism, and theories of psychology, gender, nationalism, and postcolonialism.

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Abandonment; see psychology Abortion 3, 68, 71, 94; see also Sexuality, policing of Adlerian psychology; see Psychology AIDS 2, 25, 31, 98, 107, 117–18, 123–4, 125, 126–7, 137, 140, 145–8, 151 n52, 152–4 Allegory, of Ireland; see Metaphors for Ireland America in Tóibín’s oeuvre 31, 37, 98, 109, 112–14, 117–18, 160–2, 163, 165 n34, 177, 184, 189, 195–6, 198–9, 203, 204, 214 Anderson, Benedict 14, 103 Aphasia; see Silence Argentina, politics of 31, 97–8, 104–6, 110–11, 120–1; construction of homosexuality in 108–9, 108 n37, 118, 120; see also Metaphors for Ireland Art, visual in Tóibín’s canon 52–3, 61–2; literary art in Tóibín’s canon 9 n30, 29 n95, 157–8, 175, 179–82, 185–7 Arnold, Matthew 15, 106 Bäckman, Lars 130 Balibar, Etienne 14 Bartlett, Thomas 52 Battersby, Eileen 159 n13, 166, 177, 182 Bhabha, Homi 28, 58, 59, 125 Bildungsroman 65, 72 n17, 78, 94, 97–8, 190 Biography, as inf luence on Tóibín 4–5, 6–13, 29, 31, 32, 84 n40, 93–4, 133 n22, 157–8, 182–5, 192, 206 n34 Blum, Linda M. 41 Bodnar, John 202, 204 n31, 218 n50 Borges, Jorge Luis 9, 29, 103, 183, 228 Böss, Michael 13, 22, 23 Bowen, Elizabeth 163 Brown, Terence 51–2 Bunreacht na hÉireann; see Irish Constitution Butler, Judith 110 Cary, Meredith 214 Celtic Tiger 151–2...

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