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Impure Thoughts – Sexuality, Catholicism and Literature in Twentieth-Century Ireland - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Impure Thoughts: Sexuality, Catholicism and Literature in Twentieth-Century Ireland

Michael G. Cronin


This book studies the twentieth-century Irish Catholic Bildungsroman. This comparative examination of six Irish novelists tracks the historical evolution of a literary genre and its significant role in Irish culture. With chapters on James Joyce and Kate O'Brien, along with studies of Maura Laverty, Patrick Kavanagh, Edna O'Brien and John McGahern, this book offers a fresh new approach to the study of twentieth-century Irish writing and of the twentieth-century novel. Combining the study of literature and of archival material, the book also develops a new interpretive framework for studying th ... More

Keywords: Irish Catholic, Bildungsroman, Irish novelists, Irish culture, Irish writing, sexuality, twentieth-century Ireland, modernity, post-colonial development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719086137
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael G. Cronin, author