Specters of a Border Town: Irish History and Violence in Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy

In: Patrick McCabe’s Ireland

Abstract

This essay explores Ireland’s divisive legacy of partition in the context of Patrick McCabe’s novels, teasing out the inheritance of violence, political strife and individual negotiations of cultural identity. Features of Clones, County Monaghan are also analyzed in McCabe’s fiction to determine the lasting societal effects of this violent history.