John McGahern and the Art of Memory

September 1, 2010|
John McGahern and the Art of Memory by Dermot McCarthy
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In 2005, when John McGahern published his Memoir, he revealed for the first time in explicit detail the specific nature of the autobiographical dimension of his fiction, a dimension he had hitherto either denied or mystified. Taking Memoir as a paradigmatic work of memory, confession, and imaginative recovery, this book is a close reading of McGahern’s novels that discovers his narrative poiēsis in both the fiction and the memoir to be a single, continuous, and coherent mythopoeic project concealed within the career of a novelist writing ostensibly in the realist tradition of modern Irish fiction. McGahern’s total body of work centres around the experiences of loss, memory, and imaginative recovery. To read his fiction as an art of memory is to recognize how he used story-telling to confront the extended grief and anger that blighted his early life and that shaped his sense of self and world. It is also to understand how he gradually, painfully and honestly wrote his way out of the darkness and despair of the early work into the luminous celebration of life and the world in his great last novel That They May Face the Rising Sun.
Dermot McCarthy has taught in the Department of English at Huron University College in London, Ontario, Canada, since 1977. He is the author of Roddy Doyle: Raining on the Parade, A Poetics of Place: The Poetry of Ralph Gustafson, and five volumes of poetry, most recently, A Rumour of Music.
Title:John McGahern and the Art of MemoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:8.66 X 5.91 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.66 X 5.91 X 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034301006

ISBN - 13:9783034301008

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