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The Judas kiss: Treason and betrayal in six modern Irish novels

Gerry Smyth


This book argues that modern Irish history encompasses a deep-seated fear of betrayal, and that this fear has been especially prevalent throughout Irish society since the revolutionary period at the outset of the twentieth century. The author goes on to argue that the novel is the literary form most apt for the exploration of betrayal in its social, political and psychological dimensions. The significance of this thesis comes into focus in terms of a number of recent developments – most notably, the economic downturn (and the political and civic betrayals implicated therein) and revelations of ... More

Keywords: Betrayal, Ireland, Novel, Treason, Joyce

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088537
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerry Smyth, author
Liverpool John Moores University