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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: University of Oxford
Publication Year: Softback October 2011
Pages: 292
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184875
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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 highest praise I can give a critical book is t September 13, 2011
Reviewer: J. Hillis Miller University of California Irvine from Republic of Ireland  
The highest praise I can give a critical book is that it makes me want to read or re read the works discussed. Keith Hopper s book on Flann O Brien does that. He makes reading Flann O Brien sound like an exciting and productive thing to do

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Hopper is a good explicator his approach is illum September 13, 2011
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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This study is impressive even brilliant in its s September 13, 2011
Reviewer: CHOICE Reviews Online from Republic of Ireland  
This study is impressive  even brilliant  in its scope  thoroughness  mastery  and persuasiveness. Not to be missed is its clear delineation of post modernism as a valid and defined literary approach. Summing up: Highly recommended

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