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Writing Ireland's working class : Dublin after O'Casey /
Michael Pierse.
imprint
Basingstoke [England] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
ix, 345 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230272274 (hbk.), 9780230272279 (hbk.)
format(s)
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imprint
Basingstoke [England] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230272274 (hbk.)
9780230272279 (hbk.)
contents note
The shadow of Seán : O'Casey, commitment and the literature of Dublin's working class -- Angry young men : class injuries and masculinity -- From rocking the cradle to rocking the system : writing working-class women -- Industry and the city : workers in struggle -- Prison stories : writing Dublin at its limits -- Return of the oppressed : sexual repression, culture and class -- Revising the revolution : Roddy Doyle's A star called Henry, historiography, politics and proletarian consciousness.
catalogue key
7458585
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-333) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Pierse is a Communications teacher at Coliste de CFE in Finglas, Dublin, Ireland. He is a former editor of the regional Cavan and Monaghan Echo newspaper group, and completed his PhD in English at Trinity College, Dublin. He has published academic work on Flann O'Brien and Dermot Bolger, as well as many articles on social issues and current affairs.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Sometimes books cross your path in which love and scholarship come together. Pierse writes about the culture of the neglected Dublin urban working class with passion and timeliness... This sparkling book will change the scope of Irish studies." Professor Sally R. Munt, Times Higher Education "[ Writing Ireland's Working Class ] deserves to be read by anyone interested not only in Irish cultural studies, but also in the shape and flow of class dynamics within Irish society... [It] has provided a strong, cogent analysis from which future debates and discussions can develop and grow... It's a marvelous achievement, insightful and provocative, for which Pierse richly deserves our praise and thanks." Dr Conor McCabe, Irish Left Review
'Sometimes books cross your path in which love and scholarship come together. Pierse writes about the culture of the neglected Dublin urban working class with passion and timeliness. […] This sparkling book will change the scope of Irish studies.' Professor Sally R. Munt, Times Higher Education '[Writing Ireland's Working Class] deserves to be read by anyone interested not only in Irish cultural studies, but also in the shape and flow of class dynamics within Irish society [… It] has provided a strong, cogent analysis from which future debates and discussions can develop and grow. […] It's a marvelous achievement, insightful and provocative, for which Pierse richly deserves our praise and thanks.' Dr Conor McCabe, Irish Left Review 'A huge step forward in the overdue recovery and evaluation of Irish working-class writing, a labour of love in memory of those who often found neither labour nor love, yet, as the plays and novels discussed suggest, 'for a' that' retained a zest for life.' - H. Gustav Klaus, University of Rostok, Germany 'This is a work which is rigorous in its commitment, not simply to its textual subjects, but to the larger cultural and social framework in which the study seeks to locate them [...] it can be strongly recommended to all those weary of the over-representation in criticism of certain Irish literary tropes and who might, following the Foreword, be interested in considering the potential re-shaping of the values and methods of the discipline of Irish Studies.' - Professor Shaun Richards, University of Staffordshire, Irish University Review (Spring/Summer 2012)
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Summaries
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Exploring writing of working-class Dublin after Seán O'Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies scholarship, unearthing submerged narratives of class in Irish life
Long Description
As a social other, Ireland's urban working class inhabits a 'œnon-place' in the national narrative, a place beset by galling levels of poverty and low social mobility. Its exclusion is not just social and economic, but cultural as well. Working-class Dublin in particular elicits little good press, and less in terms of academic commentary or cultural appreciation, so where and how does it appear in literature? Exploring the fiction and plays of this marginalised community after Seán O'Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies scholarship, charting alternative directions for academic research and unearthing submerged narratives in the history of Irish culture. Most of the works examined have received little or no critical commentary to date, yet this book makes a compelling case for their centrality to the history and appreciation of Irish literature. From O'Casey to Roddy Doyle, a rich tapestry of urban life is illuminated and explored, which presents a robust challenge to stereotyped and staid views of Irish life and literature.
Long Description
As a social other, Ireland's urban working class inhabits a 'non-place' in the national narrative, a place beset by galling levels of poverty and low social mobility. Its exclusion is not just social and economic, but cultural as well. Working-class Dublin in particular elicits little good press, and less in terms of academic commentary or cultural appreciation, so where and how does it appear in literature? Exploring the fiction and plays of this marginalised community after Se n O'Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies scholarship, charting alternative directions for academic research and unearthing submerged narratives in the history of Irish culture. Most of the works examined have received little or no critical commentary to date, yet this book makes a compelling case for their centrality to the history and appreciation of Irish literature. From O'Casey to Roddy Doyle, a rich tapestry of urban life is illuminated and explored, which presents a robust challenge to stereotyped and staid views of Irish life and literature.
Long Description
As a social other, Ireland's urban working class inhabits a 'non-place' in the national narrative, a place beset by galling levels of poverty and low social mobility. Its exclusion is not just social and economic, but cultural as well. Working-class Dublin in particular elicits little good press, and less in terms of academic commentary or cultural appreciation, so where and how does it appear in literature? Exploring the fiction and plays of this marginalised community after Seán O'Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies scholarship, charting alternative directions for academic research and unearthing submerged narratives in the history of Irish culture. Most of the works examined have received little or no critical commentary to date, yet this book makes a compelling case for their centrality to the history and appreciation of Irish literature. From O'Casey to Roddy Doyle, a rich tapestry of urban life is illuminated and explored, which presents a robust challenge to stereotyped and staid views of Irish life and literature.
Description for Bookstore
Exploring writing of working-class Dublin after Se n O'Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies scholarship, unearthing submerged narratives of class in Irish life
Main Description
Exploring writing of working-class Dublin after Sean O'Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies, unearthing submerged narratives of class in Irish life. Examining how working-class identity is depicted by authors like Brendan Behan and Roddy Doyle, it discusses how this hidden, urban Ireland has appeared in the country's literature.
Main Description
Exploring writing of working-class Dublin after Se n O’Casey, this book breaks new ground in Irish Studies, unearthing submerged narratives of class in Irish life. Examining how working-class identity is depicted by authors like Brendan Behan and Roddy Doyle, it discusses how this hidden, urban Ireland has appeared in the country’s literature.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Exploring writing of working-class Dublin after Sean O'Casey, this book unearths submerged narratives of class in Irish life. Examining how working-class identity is depicted by authors like Brendan Behan and Roddy Doyle, it discusses how this hidden, urban Ireland has appeared in the country's literature.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Shadow of Seán: O'Casey, Commitment and the Literature of Dublin's Working Classp. 51
Angry Young Men: Class Injuries and Masculinityp. 73
From Rocking the Cradle to Rocking the System: Writing Working-Class Womenp. 110
Industry and the City: Workers in Strugglep. 143
Prison Stories: Writing Dublin at its Limitsp. 167
Return of the Oppressed: Sexual Repression, Culture and Classp. 191
Revising the Revolution: Roddy Doyle's A Star Called Henry, Historiography, Politics and Proletarian Consciousnessp. 222
Conclusionp. 247
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 308
Indexp. 335
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