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Impure ThoughtsSexuality, Catholicism and Literature in Twentieth-Century Ireland$
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Michael G. Cronin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086137

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086137.001.0001

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Arrested development: sexuality, trauma and history in Edna O'Brien and John McGahern

Arrested development: sexuality, trauma and history in Edna O'Brien and John McGahern

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(p.176) 6 Arrested development: sexuality, trauma and history in Edna O'Brien and John McGahern
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Impure Thoughts
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Michael G. Cronin

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086137.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the works of Edna O'Brien and John McGahern. O'Brien's The Country Girls trilogy (1960–64) and McGahern's The Dark (1965) were banned due to their portrayal of sexuality. The chapter also discusses the reform of literary censorship and the contribution of these novels to the cultural reconfiguration of sexuality and social change in Ireland.

Keywords:   Edna O'Brien, John McGahern, The Country Girls trilogy, sexuality, social change, Ireland

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