The Novel & the Nation: Studies in the New Irish Fiction

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Pluto Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages
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The Novel and the Nation will undoubtedly prove a marvellous resource for anyone teaching Irish Studies...The book emerges as a timely and intelligent project...Imbued with the spirit of Joyce, Smyth's detailed investigations of the dominant themes of the new Irish fiction are fruitful and provocative.' Textual Practice'There is much to recommend Gerry Smyth's The Novel and the Nation, not least his rigorous application of theory to the contemporary Irish novel, especially post-colonial theory.' Irish Literary SupplementRecent developments in Irish literature are largely ignored in existing critical texts on Irish culture. This is the first study to make a detailed examination of the new novelists and themes emerging in the genre, as well as covering the foundations of contemporary Irish fiction.Gerry Smyth provides a broad overview of the forms and theories that comprise the traditional Irish novel and explores the ways in which modern writers challenge established notions of Irish fiction. Focusing on the work of leading contemporary Irish writers - including Roddy Doyle, Glenn Patterson, Emma Donoghue and Patrick McCabe - Smyth employs innovative techniques in his analysis, such as the relevance of post-colonial theory to Irish literature, and the links between literature and wider cultural and political developments. Also included is a previously unpublished interview with Roddy Doyle.

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About the author (1997)

Gerry Smyth is a lecturer in cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, teaching colonialism, post-colonialism and contemporary Irish fiction. He has published on Joyce, Arnold, Irish traditional music, and contemporary Irish cultural criticism.

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