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Family and Dysfunction in Contemporary Irish Narrative and Film

Edited By Marisol Morales-Ladrón

Institutionalized through religious, moral and political discourses, the family has become an icon of Irish culture. Historically, the influence of the Church and the State fostered the ideal of a nuclear family based on principles of Catholic morality, patriarchal authority, heterosexuality and hierarchy, which acted as the cornerstone of Irish society. 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 surveys 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 chapters 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.

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8.5 Hours 242, 266, 267 abortion 3, 19, 34, 35, 52, 77, 163, 225, 233, 247, 266, 273, 281, 290, 313 abuse 9, 12, 31, 35, 36, 45, 47, 54, 59, 67, 90, 105, 124, 137, 142, 162, 176, 188–9, 220, 245, 247, 252, 256, 257, 265, 279, 310, 313–14, 316, 321 child 11, 29, 32, 56, 58, 245, 247, 319 sexual 7, 14, 46–8, 57, 60, 62, 78, 116, 158, 251, 262, 268, 270–2, 290–1 adolescence 64, 89, 92, 132 adoption 42, 68, 73, 147, 171, 187, 188, 191, 214, 259 alcoholism 7, 14, 15, 48, 58, 90, 101, 116, 120, 124, 125, 202, 210, 220–6, 251, 257–60, 262, 271, 281, 284 asylum 101, 157, 177 seekers 15, 138, 141, 164, 172, 174, 176, 179, 258 Atlantic 250 August Rush 331, 336, 337 autobiography 8, 11, 12, 23, 67, 85–92, 94–6, 99–101, 108, 116, 128, 131, 180, 192 see also life writing autofiction 12, 89, 91 Ballroom of Romance, The 22, 249, 250, 270 Banville, John 12, 85, 90, 131, 133 Ancient Light 12, 90, 108–9, 113–15, 133 The Sea 12, 90, 108–15 belonging, sense of 11, 14, 93, 97, 98, 132, 140, 150, 182, 186, 191, 205, 215, 309 Bhandari, Nena ‘Enduring India’ 144, 184, 195 Big House 63, 67, 80, 163 boarding house 102, 113, 259, 261 school 42, 121, 125 body 41, 48, 50, 52, 54, 59, 61, 62, 69, 123, 125, 175,...

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