Assembling Flann O'Brien

Author(s): Maebh Long

Literary theory

Flann O'Brien - also known as Brian O'Nolan or Myles na gCopaleen - is now widely recognised as one of the foremost of Ireland's modern authors. Assembling Flann O'Brien explores the author's innovative and experimental work by reading him in relation to some of the 20th century's most important theorists, including Derrida, Agamben, Freud, Lacan and eiuek. Assembling Flann O'Brien offers a detailed study of O'Brien's five major novels - including At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman - as well as his plays, short stories, journalistic output and unpublished archival material. The book presents new theoretical perspectives on his works, exploring his compelling engagements with questions of the proper name, the archive, law, and desire, and the problems of identity, language, sexuality and censorship which acutely troubled Ireland's new state. Combining a wide range of contemporary theory with a sensitivity to the cultural and political context in which the author wrote, Maebh Long opens up entirely new aspects of Flann O'Brien's writings, and explores the ingenious and the problematic within his oeuvre.

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A complete guide to the writings of Flann O'Brien, including his major novels, plays and journalism.

Maebh Long's assembling of high theory and archival material within specific cultural contexts makes for a compelling read. Her bilingual analysis of An Beal Bocht /The Poor Mouth is astute, and her fluid reading of O'Brien's later novels is a valuable contribution to existing Flanneur scholarship. Keith Hopper, St Mary's University College, Twickenham (author of Flann O'Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist) This is a fine, thought-provoking study, offering nuanced, lucid, witty and philosophically rich readings of the Flann O'Brien oeuvre in all its uniquely unassemblable strangeness. Maebh Long's Assembling Flann O'Brien promises to be an engaging and valuable work for students and scholars alike. Nicholas Royle, Professor of English, University of Sussex, UK This is a fine, thought-provoking study, offering nuanced, lucid, witty and philosophically rich readings of the Flann O'Brien oeuvre in all its uniquely unassemblable strangeness. Maebh Long's Assembling Flann O'Brien promises to be an engaging and valuable work for students and scholars alike. Nicholas Royle, Professor of English, University of Sussex, UK

Maebh Long is Lecturer in Literature at the University of the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands.

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. Fragments of Palimpsests 2. Driven to Repeat 3. Ireland on Trial 4. A Hard Life for Women 5. Archival Fantasies Notes Bibliography Index

General Fields

  • : 9781441190208
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : December 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Maebh Long
  • : Paperback
  • : 256