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Walter Macken: Critical perspectives
Walter Macken: Critical perspectives


 
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Authors: Sandra Heinen and Katharina Rennhak
Affiliation: University of Wuppertal, Germany
Publication Year: Hardback May 2022
Pages: 252
Size: 240 x 170mm

ISBN: 9781782054917
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Situating Walter Macken in the literary and cultural contexts of his time, this collection of essays provides introductions to the different aspects of the author's multifaceted oeuvre, sets out to explain his enormous success on the stage and as a writer of fiction, and comments on how Macken contributed to shaping an image of the young Republic of Ireland for his national and international audience.

Drawing on a variety of theoretical approaches from historical criticism, to narrative theory and gender studies, the overview articles as well as the in-depth analyses and interpretations assembled in this volume address issues that are of particular relevance to Irish literary and cultural studies today. They shed light on the historicity of some and the topicality of other aspects of Macken's ideas about community life, the promises and pitfalls of 20th- century capitalism, sex, gender and sexuality (with a special emphasis on Macken's construction of masculinity), generational conflicts, emigration and questions of ethnicity. They also evaluate Macken's 'sensational' realist aesthetics and their ideological implications. In an interview with the editors, Macken's sons share personal memories revolving around issues such as their father's writing routines in the family home in Oughterard or the author's marriage to Peggy Macken.

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