Writing Ireland's Working Class: Dublin After O'Casey by Michael PierseWriting Ireland's Working Class: Dublin After O'Casey by Michael Pierse

Writing Ireland's Working Class: Dublin After O'Casey

byMichael Pierse

Hardcover | December 14, 2010

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Exploring writing of working-class Dublin after Seán O'Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies, unearthing submerged narratives of class in Irish life. Examining how working-class identity is depicted by authors like Brendan Behan and Roddy Doyle, it discusses how this hidden, urban Ireland has appeared in the country's literature.
MICHAEL PIERSE is a Communications teacher at Coláiste Íde CFE in Finglas, Dublin, Ireland. He is a former editor of the regional Cavan and Monaghan Echo newspaper group, and completed his PhD in English at Trinity College Dublin. He has published academic work on Flann O'Brien and Dermot Bolger, as well as many articles on social issu...
Title:Writing Ireland's Working Class: Dublin After O'CaseyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:345 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 1.22 inPublished:December 14, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230272274

ISBN - 13:9780230272279


Table of Contents

Introduction The Shadow of Seán Angry Young Men - Class Injuries and Masculinity From Rocking the Cradle to Rocking the System - Writing Working-Class Women Industry and the City - Workers in Struggle Prison Stories - Writing Dublin at its Limits Return of the Oppressed - Sexual Repression, Culture and Class Revising the Revolution: Roddy Doyle's A Star Called Henry , Historiography, Politics and Proletarian Consciousness Conclusion Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

'Sometimes books cross your path in which love and scholarship come together. Pierse writes about the culture of the neglected Dublin urban working class with passion and timeliness. [ ] This sparkling book will change the scope of Irish studies.' Professor Sally R. Munt, Times Higher Education'[Writing Ireland's Working Class] deserves to be read by anyone interested not only in Irish cultural studies, but also in the shape and flow of class dynamics within Irish society [ It] has provided a strong, cogent analysis from which future debates and discussions can develop and grow. [ ] It's a marvelous achievement, insightful and provocative, for which Pierse richly deserves our praise and thanks.' Dr Conor McCabe, Irish Left Review'A huge step forward in the overdue recovery and evaluation of Irish working-class writing, a labour of love in memory of those who often found neither labour nor love, yet, as the plays and novels discussed suggest, 'for a' that' retained a zest for life.'- H. Gustav Klaus, University of Rostok, Germany'This is a work which is rigorous in its commitment, not simply to its textual subjects, but to the larger cultural and social framework in which the study seeks to locate them [...] it can be strongly recommended to all those weary of the over-representation in criticism of certain Irish literary tropes and who might, following the Foreword, be interested in considering the potential re-shaping of the values and methods of the discipline of Irish Studies.'- Professor Shaun Richards, University of Staffordshire, Irish University Review (Spring/Summer 2012)