RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 231051873 LA English T1 Ireland through the looking-glass : Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen and Irish cultural debate A1 Taaffe, Carol., PB Cork University Press PP Cork YR 2008 SN 9781859184424 1859184421 AB "This book investigates how Irish cultural debate informed O'Nolan's early fiction and journalism, in both Irish and English. This is the first thorough assessment of his work in its Irish context, arguing that his self-reflexive comic writing betrays a crisis of literary identity that is rooted in the cultural dynamics of post-Independence Ireland." "The book demonstrates in detail what O'Nolan's varying blend of parody, satire and surreal humour owed to the peculiar cultural climate of the mid-twentieth-century Ireland. By exploring the links between comedy and culture, it exposes the curiously ambivalent response to the culture of the new state, and particularly to the position of the writer within it."--Jacket.