Flann OBrien and Modernism - Murphet, Julian

Flann O'Brien and Modernism

Julian Murphet

Yayınevi: Bloomsbury Academic

Yayın tarihi: 09/2014

ISBN: 9781623568504

Yazar : Sascha Morrell Ronan McDonald

İngilizce | 224 Sayfa |

Tür: Edebiyat İncelemesi

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This new anthology on the fiction of Flann O'Brien 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 and 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. Written by a range of modernist scholars, from the well-established to the emergent, the collection speaks directly to many of the dominant concerns in modernist studies today, and uses its single-author focus to refract modernist scholarship along a spectrum of formal, cultural, and political problems definitive of the modern period.

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