The Poor Bugger's Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History by Patrick R. Mullen

The Poor Bugger's Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History

byPatrick R. Mullen

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With the weakening moral authority of the Catholic Church, the boom ushered in by the Celtic Tiger, and the slow but steady diminishment of the Troubles in the North, Ireland has finally stepped out from the shadows of colonial oppression onto the world stage as a major cosmopolitan country.Taking its title from a veiled reference to Roger Casement - the humanitarian and Irish patriot hanged for treason - in James Joyce's Ulysses, The Poor Bugger's Tool demonstrates how the affective labor of Irish queer culture might contribute to a progressive new national image for the Republic andNorthern Ireland. Looking back to the first wave of Irish modernism in the works of Wilde, Synge, Casement, and Joyce, Patrick Mullen reveals how these authors deployed queer aesthetics to shape inclusive forms of national affiliation as well as to sharpen anti-imperialist critiques. In its second half, the monographturns its attention to Ireland's postmodernist boom in the works of Patrick McCabe, Neil Jordan, and Jamie O'Neill. With readings of The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, and At Swim Two Boys, Mullen shows that queer sensibilities and style remain key cultural resources for negotiating the politicaland economic realities of globalization at the turn of the twenty-first century. Buttressed by writings of theorists like Marx, Foucault, and Antonio Negri, The Poor Bugger's Tool brings Irish literature into a fruitful dialog with queer theory, postcolonial studies, the history of sexuality, and modernist aesthetics.

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Patrick R. Mullen is Associate Professor of English at Northeastern University.
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Title:The Poor Bugger's Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The Poor Bugger's Tool brings varied and sophisticated literary and cultural theory to bear upon the project of Irish Studies, without forsaking the attention to historical detail that has dominated the field over the last 20 years. Mullen elaborates how the response that certain signaturespecimens of Irish modernism pose to the distinctive historical pressures animating them at once demand and reward a new theoretical synthesis, one that combines the insights of contemporary queer and affect theory with the structural implications of Marxist axiology." --Joseph Valente, author of The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922