Regional or Global?
Edited by Dieter Fuchs and Wojciech Klepuszewski
Papers from The Seventh Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift
Edited by Hermann J. Real, Janika Bischof and Kirsten Juhas
It follows the tried and tested format of its predecessors, grouping the essays in eight sections: biographical problems; bibliographical and canonical studies; historical and religious as well as political, economic, and social issues; poetry; Gulliver’s Travels; and reception studies. Reading Swift is not only indicative of the élan vital, which has been such a distinctive feature of Swift scholarship in the past thirty-five years, under the aegis of the Ehrenpreis Centre it has also become a prestigious, indeed an invaluable, forum for the learned debate on all questions relating to the life and works of THE Dean, the only Dean in the history of Ireland.
Authors discussed include: Alexander von Humboldt, Henry David Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Robert Musil, Ernst Jünger, W.G. Sebald, Kathleen Jamie, and David Foster Wallace.
Patricia San José Rico
Patricia San José analyses a variety of novels by authors like Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and David Bradley and explores these works as valuable instruments for the disclosure, giving voice, and public recognition of African American collective and historical trauma.
Metaphor, Myth, Memory
The Significance of Missing Signifiers
Edited by Werner Wolf, Nassim Balestrini and Walter Bernhart
Edited by Marc Hersant and Catherine Ramond
Like the recipient of the Cardinal de Retz’ Memoirs, the early modern period “loves portraits”. They can be found in social games, historical narratives, Memoirs, and letters. They also occupy an important place in narrative fiction of that period, especially in novels. The collective volume Les Portraits dans les récits factuels et fictionnels de l’époque classique, edited by Marc Hersant and Catherine Ramond, proposes a systematic confrontation of these two writing practices, and analyzes their similarities and differences. From a hitherto little studied angle, the book covers a wide range of examples of portrait writing, from Brantôme to Stendhal.
The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto and Winterwood
Edited by Jennifer Keating
A psychoanalytic reading of Patrick McCabe’s novel and screen adaptation of The Butcher Boy suggests that the degeneration of Francie’s family unit betrays the effects of cultural and political violence in Ireland’s history. A compromised relationship, particularly between Francie and his mother, demonstrates the fragility of his psyche leading to the horrific murder of Mrs. Nugent. The familial relationship is read in the context of traumatic societal strife in twentieth century Irish and wider post World War ii European contexts.
Legacies of globalization, colonialism and individual alienation are explored in the context of Patrick McCabe’s Mondo Desperado. Framed within the context of The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, Mondo is explored as an example of modernity’s infringement on mythological notions of a pastoral Ireland. Colonial contexts, rising global economies and the absurdities therein are explored in this chapter.