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Demons, Hamlets and Femmes Fatales

Representations of Irish Republicanism in Popular Fiction

Jayne Steel

The book provides a lively discussion of the ways in which popular fiction appropriates the figure of the Provisional IRA activist and the political conflict within the north of Ireland. It looks at how authors’ recreations, or transformations, of Irish republicanism might reveal self-referentional images that are, ultimately, a product of national identity and/or gender identity. An important focus of the book interrogates British fascination and fixation with the Provisional IRA and its ‘terrors’.
The many novels discussed in this study include Gerald Seymour Harry’s Game; Campbell Armstrong Jig; Bernard MacLaverty Cal; Mary Costello Titanic Town; Jennifer Johnston Shadows on our Skin; Deidre Madden One by One through the Darkness.

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samples.indd 2 06/07/2007 13:24:37 Jayne Steel is a full-time lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, UK. Her specialist areas include the ‘Troubles’ and contemporary fi ction, modern literary theory and fi lm theory. In addition to publishing in this fi eld, she has presented numerous conference papers both nationally and internationally. She is also an award-winning screen writer. The book provides a lively discussion of the ways in which popular fi ction appropriates the fi gure of the Provisional IRA activist and the political confl ict within the north of Ireland. It looks at how authors’ recreations, or transformations, of Irish republicanism might reveal self-referentional images that are, ultimately, a product of national identity and/or gender identity. An important focus of the book interrogates British fascination and fi xation with the Provisional IRA and its ‘terrors’. The many novels discussed in this study include Gerald Seymour Harry’s Game; Campbell Armstrong Jig; Bernard MacLaverty Cal; Mary Costello Titanic Town; Jennifer Johnston Shadows on our Skin; Deidre Madden One by One through the Darkness. Jayn e S te e l D e m o n s, H a m le ts a n d Fe m m e s Fa ta le s Demons, Hamlets and Femmes Fatales Representations of Irish Republicanism In Popular Fiction Jayne Steel PETER LANG Steel Cover samples.indd 2 06/07/2007 13:24:37 Demons, Hamlets and Femmes Fatales Jayne Steel Demons, Hamlets and Femmes Fatales Representations of Irish Republicanism in Popular Fiction PETER...

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