Bernard MacLaverty: New Critical Readings

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  • Copyright: 2016-02-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The author of such works as Lamb, Cal, and Grace Notes, Bernard MacLaverty is one of Northern Ireland's leading-and most prolific-contemporary writers. Bringing together leading scholars from a full range of critical perspectives, this is a comprehensive survey of contemporary scholarship on MacLaverty. Covering all of his novels and many of his short stories, the book explores the ways in which the author has grappled with such themes as The Troubles, the Holocaust, Catholicism, and music. Bernard MacLaverty: Critical Readings also includes coverage of the film adaptations of his work.

Author Biography

Richard Rankin Russell is Professor of English at Baylor University, USA. His previous publications include Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland (2010) and Martin McDonagh: A Casebook (2007).

Table of Contents

Foreword, Glenn Patterson \ Introduction, Richard Rankin Russell \ 1. “'Made-Up Truths': Themes,Tropes, and Narrative Technique in Bernard MacLaverty's Early Short Stories,” Michael Parker \ 2. “Parabolic Plots in MacLaverty's Lamb,” Richard Rankin Russell \ 3. “'Join us': Musical Style and Identity in 'My Dear Palestrina,'” Gerry Smyth \ 4. “'That orange and green dilemma': Violence and the Traumatised Subject in Bernard MacLaverty's Screenplays of Cal (1983) and Lamb (1985),” Richard Mills \ 5. “Character and Construction in Bernard MacLaverty's Troubles Stories: The Great Profundo and Walking the Dog,” Richard Haslam, \ 6. “MacLaverty's Holocaust: Affect, Memory, and the 'Troubles,'” Stephen Watt \ 7. “The Personal is Political: Bernard MacLaverty's Grace Notes as a Peace Process Novel,” Marilynn Richtarik \ 8. “'Moving from one element to another': Body and Soul in Bernard MacLaverty's The Anatomy School,” Michael Rawl \ 9. “Bernard MacLaverty's Fictional Geographies,” Neal Alexander \ 10. “Ireland and Elsewhere: The 'Non-Irish' in Bernard MacLaverty's Fiction,” Laura Pelaschiar \ Afterword: “Looking at Art in Bernard MacLaverty's Fiction,” David Holdeman \ Further Reading \ Index.

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