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    Ploughmen without land: Flann O'Brien and Patrick Kavanagh

    Brooker, Joseph (2014) Ploughmen without land: Flann O'Brien and Patrick Kavanagh. In: Murphet, I. and McDonald, R. and Morrell, S. (eds.) Flann O’Brien and Modernism. London, UK: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781623568757.

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    Book synopsis: Flann O'Brien & Modernism brings a much-needed refreshment to the state of scholarship on this increasingly recognised but still widely misunderstood 'second generation' modernist. Rather than construe him as a postmodernist, it correctly locates O'Brien's work as the product of a late modernist sensibility and cultural context. Similarly, while there should be no doubt of his Irishness, and his profound debts to Irish language, history and culture, this collection seeks to understand O'Brien's nationally sensitive achievement as the work of an internationalist whose preoccupations reflect global modernist trends. The distinct themes and concerns tracked in Flann O'Brien & Modernism include characterization in branching narrative forms; the ethics and paradoxes of naming; parody and homage; lies and deception; theatricality; sexuality; technology and transport; and the inevitable matter of drink and intoxication. Taken together, these specific topics construct a mosaic image of O'Brien as an exemplary modernist auteur, abreast of all the most salient philosophical and technical concerns affecting literary production in the period immediately before and after World War Two.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Research Centre: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 11:27
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:33
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12496

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