The Social Fantastic: Graphic Violence in Patrick McCabe’s Fiction

in Patrick McCabe’s Ireland

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The “social fantastic” illustrated in Patrick McCabe’s novels serves to illuminate violence and horror as social experiences, which take on an aesthetic form in the literature and demonstrate the political and religious extremes that have shaped Irish culture amid a history of colonialism and globalization. It is a context that produces characters like Francie Brady and Pussy Braden, which are at once emblematic of endemic cultural violence and examples of efforts to escape such cycles.

Patrick McCabe’s Ireland

The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto and Winterwood

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