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.