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This Side of Brightness

Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann


Edited By Susan Cahill and Eóin Flannery

Colum McCann is one of the most important Irish writers in contemporary literary fiction. His work has been critically acclaimed across the globe for its artistic achievement, its thematic range and its ethical force. This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann is the first collection of scholarly essays to deal with McCann’s œuvre, drawing on the pioneering critical work of some of the leading figures in Irish literary studies. Touching on a host of central themes in McCann’s writing – emigration, race, performance, poverty, travel, nationality and globalization – the volume covers each of McCann’s publications and includes a substantial interview with the author. The book is an invaluable resource for current and future scholars of the Irish novel.


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Susan Cahill and Eóin Flannery Introduction 1 Miriam O’Kane Mara and Rebecca Oster Bach Seeking the Future in Fishing the Sloe-Black River 9 Amanda Tucker Here and There: Reframing Diaspora in Songdogs 29 Derek Hand Living in a Global World: Making Sense of Place in This Side of Brightness 45 Eóin Flannery ‘Troubles’ Trilogy: Everything in This Country Must 57 Susan Cahill Choreographing Memory: The Dancing Body and Temporality in Dancer 75 Anne Fogarty ‘An Instance of Concurrency’: Transnational Environments in Zoli and Let the Great World Spin 103 vi Sylvie Mikowski Nomadic Artists, Smooth Spaces and Lines of Flight: Reading Colum McCann through Joyce, and Deleuze and Guattari 129 Joseph Lennon ‘The First Man to Whistle’: Two Interviews with Colum McCann 149 Notes on Contributors 177 Index 181

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