"Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse": Negotiating Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 211 pages
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This collection of essays reconsiders aspects of Irish studies through the medium of literary and cultural theory. The author looks at the negotiations between texts and their contexts and then analyses how the writer both reflects and transforms aspects of his or her cultural milieu. The essays examine literary texts by W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce and Sean o'Faolain; media texts such as Father Ted, American Beauty and a series of Guinness advertisements; as well as cultural and political contexts such as globalisation, religion, the Provisional IRA and media treatment of murders in Ireland. The author also looks at aspects of the postcolonial and feminist paradigms and makes use of a theoretical matrix based on the work of Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
Ireland in Theory The Influence of French Theory on Irish
11
CHAPTER
27
CHAPTER THREE
47
CHAPTER FOUR
67
CHAPTER FIVE
81
CHAPTER
99
CHAPTER SEVEN
115
CHAPTER EIGHT
133
CHAPTER NINE
153
CHAPTER
171
Conclusion
189
Index
205
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Eugene O'Brien is the award-winning author of Eden, a 2001 hit at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

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