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History, myth, and ritual in the fiction of John McGahern : strategies of transcendence

Author: James Whyte
Publisher: Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2002.
Series: Studies in Irish literature (Lewiston, N.Y.), v. 8.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work examines the fictional strategies devised by John McGahern in order to give literary form to the experience of living in a changing society. He transcends the materiality of history by  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: John McGahern; John McGahern; John McGahern
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Whyte
ISBN: 0773470182 9780773470187 077347983X 9780773479838
OCLC Number: 49531550
Description: xvii, 271 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Introduction 1 --
Chapter 1 The Social Context: Between Two Worlds 21 --
(i) The Socio-Historical Background 21 --
(ii) The Making of a Myth: McGahem's (Re)vision of History 26 --
(iii) 'Between Two Worlds': The Barracks and The Dark 32 --
(iv) A Changing World 45 --
(v) The World of Manners 51 --
Chapter 2 The Struggle for Form: McGahem's Aesthetic 59 --
(i) The Problem with the Novel Form 60 --
(ii) The Writer in a Changing Society 62 --
(iii) McGahern and his Audience: 'Cut off from the Public World'? 67 --
(iv) O'Crohan and the Search for an Epic Style 75 --
(v) A Fallen World 80 --
(vi) Language, Epic and Novel: Bakhtin in an Irish Context 87 --
Chapter 3 Religion and Ritual: Instinct and the Formal Pattern 95 --
(i) The Representation of the Church 97 --
(ii) Rituals and Images 102 --
(iii) Religion without the Church 111 --
(iv) Religion and Art 126 --
Chapter 4 The Family and Symbolic Stories 135 --
(i) The Family in a Changing World 136 --
(ii) Plot without Action? 138 --
(iii) The Family Drama 141 --
(iv) The Father 143 --
(v) 'Coming into his Kingdom': Moments of Transition 145 --
(vi) Fathers and Sons 151 --
(vii) Preparing to Murder 157 --
(viii) The Ritual of Return 161 --
Chapter 5 Centre and Periphery: Sexual Politics and the Ideology of Place 167 --
(i) The Stepmother Stereotype 167 --
(ii) Possessing Space 171 --
(iii) 'At the Centre of Life' 176 --
(iv) The Terrible Mother 182 --
(v) The Barracks: 'the fabricated structure of safe passions' 185 --
(vi) 'A Slip-up': 'in the shelter of her shadow' 193 --
(vii) 'The Beginning of an Idea': Art and Motherhood 196 --
(viii) 'Family Talk': Language and Nature in Amongst Women 202 --
Conclusion 217 --
Appendix: An Interview with John McGahem 227.
Series Title: Studies in Irish literature (Lewiston, N.Y.), v. 8.
Responsibility: James Whyte.
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