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Flann O’Brien: Gallows humour
Flann O’Brien Gallows Humour

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Authors: Ruben Borg and Paul Fagan
Affiliation: Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Salzburg University
Publication Year: Hardback, October 2020
Pages: 358
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781782054214

The essays collected in this volume draw unprecedented critical attention to the centrality of politics in Flann O’Brien’s art. The organising theme of Gallows humour focuses these inquiries onto key encounters between the body and the law, between death and the comic spirit in the author’s canon. These innovative analyses explore the place of biopolitics in O’Brien’s modernist experimentation and popular writing through reflections on his handling of the thematics of violence, justice, capital punishment, eugenics, prosthetics, skin, prostitution, syphilis, rape, reproduction, illness, auto-immune deficiency, abjection, drinking, Gaelic games and masculinist nationalism across a diverse range of genres, intertexts, contexts.

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