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Flann O'Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-Modernist
Flann O'Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-Modernist


 
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Authors: Keith Hopper
Affiliation: Oxford University
Publication Year: Hardback 2nd edn 2009
Pages: 192
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184479
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Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman, completed in 1940, was initially rejected by his publishers for being 'too fantastic', and only appeared posthumously in 1967. Since then O'Brien has achieved cult status, although critical appraisal of his work has focused almost exclusively on his first novel, At Swim Two Birds (1939). By 1940 O'Brien was confronted with two towering traditions: the jaded legacy of Yeats's Celtic Twilight and the problematic complexities of Joyce's modernism. With The Third Policeman O'Brien forges a powerful synthesis between these two traditions, and the paraliterary path he chooses marks the historical transition from modernism to post-modernism.

This groundbreaking study, first published in 1995 and now substantially revised, reconfigures O'Brien as a highly subversive writer within a rich and fertile literary landscape: indisputably Irish yet distinctly post-modern. It identifies The Third Policeman as a subversive intellectual satire, in the cutting-edge tradition of Swift and Sterne, and situates it as one of the earliest and most exciting examples of post-modernist fiction.


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The Third Policeman cannot yet have met a more ded July 5, 2010
Reviewer: Joseph Brooker Modernism/modernity from Republic of Ireland  
The Third Policeman cannot yet have met a more dedicated  academic reader  and Hopper s exploration of its many  oddities is tireless and resourceful

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This is overall a persuasive and highly illumin December 14, 2009
Reviewer: Mark O Connell Irish Studies Review from Republic of Ireland  
This is  overall  a persuasive and highly illuminating work of criticism. What is more noteworthy  though  is that it is actually a very enjoyable one. Hopper s enthusiasm for his subject is everywhere apparent. [...] With A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post modernist  Keith Hopper has achieved what all good criticism sets out to do: he sends us back  with a reshaped frame of reference and a renewed sense of purpose  to the work of this enigmatic novelist .

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This book is a superb academic dismantling of O No November 27, 2009
Reviewer: Books Ireland from Republic of Ireland  
This book is a superb academic dismantling of O Nolan s novels.

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Hopper is a good explicator his approach is illum October 29, 2009
Reviewer: David Malcolm Times Literary Supplement from Republic of Ireland  
Hopper is a good explicator  his approach is illuminating and such enthusiasm for Flann O Brien is infectious

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In this second edition of a work first published i October 29, 2009
Reviewer: R. R. Joly CHOICE Reviews Online from Republic of Ireland  
In this second edition of a work first published in 1995  Hopper offers new critical scholarship and an expanded bibliography while maintaining his contention that O Brien can be properly assessed only as an early progenitor of postmodernism. Hopper succeeds splendidly  displaying an impressive acumen for poststructuralist analysis [...]. This study is impressive  even brilliant  in its scope  thoroughness  mastery  and persuasiveness. Not to be missed is its clear delineation of postmodernism as a valid and defined literary approach.  Summing Up: Highly recommended

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