New Voices, Inherited Lines: Literary and Cultural Representations of the Irish Family by Yvonne O'KeeffeNew Voices, Inherited Lines: Literary and Cultural Representations of the Irish Family by Yvonne O'Keeffe

New Voices, Inherited Lines: Literary and Cultural Representations of the Irish Family

EditorYvonne O'Keeffe, Claudia Reese

Paperback | July 11, 2013

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Irish writers have always been fascinated by the family, sometimes depicting it as a traditional space under threat from external influences, sometimes highlighting the dangers lurking within. More recently, families have been represented as a type of safe haven from a bewildering postmodern world. At the heart of these constructions are questions of power and agency, as well as issues of class, gender, ethnicities and sexualities.
This collection of essays explores literary and cultural representations of the Irish family, questioning the validity of traditional familial structures as well as exploring newer versions of the Irish family emerging in more recent cultural representations. In addition to redefinitions of the nuclear family, the book also considers aspects of family constructions in Irish nationalist discourse, such as the symbolic use of the family and the interaction and conflict between private and public roles. The works and authors discussed range from Famine fiction, Samuel Beckett, Mary Lavin and John McGahern to Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín and Hugo Hamilton.
Yvonne O’Keeffe received her MA and PhD from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her doctoral research explored the emigrant novels of Mary Anne Sadlier (1820-1903), analysing Sadlier’s role in the construction of a transatlantic Irish Catholic identity in North America. Her research interests include representations of gender, identi...
Title:New Voices, Inherited Lines: Literary and Cultural Representations of the Irish FamilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:July 11, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034307993

ISBN - 13:9783034307994


Table of Contents

Contents: Christopher Cusack/Lindsay Janssen: Death in the Family: Reimagining the Irish Family in Famine Fiction, 1871-1912 – Yvonne O’Keeffe: Home Is Where the Heart Is: (De)constructing Family Ties in the Emigrant Novels of Mary Anne Madden Sadlier – Stephanie Eggermont: Bad Breeding in George Egerton’s Irish Families – Jack Fennell: Siege Cultures: The Early Twentieth-Century Rhetoric of External Threats to the Irish Catholic Family – Julie Bates: Beckett’s Maternal Miscellany – Theresa Wray: Sisters Under the Skin: Signalling a Viable Alternative to Blood-Relations in Mary Lavin’s Short Stories – Máire Doyle: Exploring the Alternatives: The Orphan and the Family in John McGahern’s Fiction – Claudia Reese: The Secrets That You Inherit: Family and Identity Construction in Hugo Hamilton’s The Speckled People – Louise Sheridan: Escaping the Role of the ‘Irish Mammy’: Motherhood and Migration in Kate O’Riordan’s The Memory Stones – Hannelore Fasching: ‘The new drama of being a mother about which so little has been written’: Maternal Subjectivity and the Mother Icon in Anne Enright’s Writing – Bridget English: Laying Out the Bones: Death, Trauma and the Irish Family in Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship and Anne Enright’s The Gathering.