Few contemporary Irish writers have been more attuned to the historical influence of partition on Ireland’s culture and literary representation than Patrick McCabe. In the recent context of Brexit, his work produced in the late nineteen nineties and early two-thousands carries considerable poignancy, especially in relation to the Catholic Church, gender roles and persistence of a history of violence in Ireland. This volume attends to three novels,
The Butcher Boy,
Breakfast on Pluto and
Winterwood as an emblematic representation of Ireland in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Contributors are: K. Brisley Brennan, Aisling Cormack, Flore Coulouma, Luke Gibbons, Lindsay Haney, Barbara Hoffmann, Jennifer Keating, James F. Knapp, Colin MacCabe, Kristina Varade.
Jennifer Keating, Ph.D. (2008), University of Pittsburgh, is Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She publishes on Irish politics and culture, including
Language, Identity and Liberation in Contemporary Irish Literature.
Readers interested in contemporary Irish history, politics, popular culture and literature.