P ET ER L A N G Fam ily an d D ysfu n ctio n in C o n tem p o rary Irish N arrative an d Film Institutionalized through religious, moral and political dis- courses, the family has become an icon of Irish culture. Historically, the influence of the Church and the State fos- tered the ideal of a nuclear family based on principles of Catholic morality, partriarchal authority, heterosexuality and hierarchy, which acted as the cornerstone of Irish soci- ety. However, in recent decades the introduction of liberal policies, the progressive recognition of women’s rights, the secularization of society and the effects of immigration and globalization have all contributed to challenging the validity of this ideal, revealing the dysfunction that may lie at the heart of the rigidly constructed family cell. This volume sur- veys the representation of the concepts of home and family in contemporary Irish narrative and film, approaching the issue from a broad range of perspectives. The earlier chap- ters look at specific aspects of familial dysfunction, while the final section includes interviews with the writer Emer Martin and filmmakers Jim Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan. Marisol Morales-Ladrón is Senior Lecturer at the University of Alcalá, where she teaches Irish and English literature. She is the author of Breve introducción a la literatura comparada (1999) and Las poéticas de James Joyce y Luis Martín-Santos (2005). She also edited Postcolonial and Gender Perspectives in Irish Studies (2007) and co- edited Global...
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