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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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Fiction Anderson, Linda, Cuckoo (London: Bodley Head, 1986) ——, To Stay Alive (London: Bodley Head, 1984) Armstrong, Campbell, Jig (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1987) Barlow, James, Both Your Houses (London: Hamilton, 1971) Beckett, Mary, Give Them Stones (London: Bloomsbury, 1987) Braddon, Russell, The Progress of Private Lilyworth (London: Joseph, 1971) Brenton, Howard, The Romans in Britain (London: Methuen, 1982) Broderick, John, The Fugitives (London: Pan, 1976) Broxon, Mildred, Downey, Too Long a Sacrifice (London: Futura, 1981) Burns, Anna, No Bones (London: Flamingo, 1997) Burns, Richard, Why Diamond Had to Die (London: Bloomsbury, 1989) Carrick, James, With O’Leary in the Grave (London: Heinemann, 1971) Carroll, James, Madonna Red (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1976) Charles, Robert, The Hour of the Wolf (London: Hale, 1974) Cheever, Susan, A Handsome Man (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981) Clancy, Ambrose, Blind Pilot (London: Macmillan, 1981) Clancy, Tom, Patriot Games (London: Collins, 1987) Cleary, Jon, Peter’s Pence (London: Collins, 1974) Coogan, Patrick, The General (London: Mandarin, 1994) Costello, Mary, Titanic Town (London: Methuen, 1992) Daniel, James, They Told Me You Were Dead (London: Pan, 1996) De Mille, Nelson, Cathedral (London: Granada, 1981) De Jorre, John, and Brian Shakespeare, The Patriot Game (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1973) De Villiers, Gerard, Furie a Belfast (Paris: Plon, 1974) Dowling, Kevin, Interface Ireland (London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1979) Driscoll, Peter, In Connection With Kilshaw (London: Macdonald, 1974) Egleton, Clive, The Mills Bomb (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1978) Edgar, David, Destiny (London: Methuen, 1976) Esler, Gavin, Loyalties (London: Headline, 1990) Forsyth, Frederick, The...

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