Literary and Cultural Representations of the Irish Family
Edited By Yvonne O'Keeffe and Claudia Reese
This collection of essays explores literary and cultural representations of the Irish family, questioning the validity of traditional familial structures as well as exploring newer versions of the Irish family emerging in more recent cultural representations. In addition to redefinitions of the nuclear family, the book also considers aspects of family constructions in Irish nationalist discourse, such as the symbolic use of the family and the interaction and conflict between private and public roles. The works and authors discussed range from Famine fiction, Samuel Beckett, Mary Lavin and John McGahern to Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín and Hugo Hamilton.
Introduction A predominant theme in Irish literature, and indeed in cultural discourse more generally, is the role of the family in Irish society. From the Quirks in Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent via the Mulqueens in Kate O’Brien’s The Ante-Ro...
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