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Postmodern Blaguardry: Frank McCourt, the Celtic Tiger, and the Ashes of History

Mark Quigley

in Empire's Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245444
eISBN:
9780823252565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245444.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines how Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer-winning memoir, Angela’s Ashes, ironically recapitulates and inverts the narrative modes and aesthetic emphases of Irish late modernism in the ... More


Fiction and Memory in Misery Memoirs

Sue Vice

in Textual Deceptions: False Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748675555
eISBN:
9781474406345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675555.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines two British and one Irish example of the contemporary genre of ‘misery memoir’. The goal of misery memoir is to engage the reader through an assertion of authenticity. The ... More


‘The Meanest Form of Animal’? The Returned Yank in the Cultural Imagination

Sinéad Moynihan

in Ireland, Migration and Return Migration: The "Returned Yank" in the Cultural Imagination, 1952 to present

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781786941800
eISBN:
9781789623246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941800.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The introduction maps out the key assertion of the book: that the Returned Yank surfaces repeatedly and most memorably when questions regarding ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ are particularly vexed. ... More


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