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Emer Nolan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526136749

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526136756

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Anne Enright: taking the Green Road

Anne Enright: taking the Green Road

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(p.163) 5 Anne Enright: taking the Green Road
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Five Irish Women
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Emer Nolan

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526136756.00011

The chapter considers the novels and non-fiction of Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for The gathering. It traces the trajectory of her fiction towards a revamped version of Irish realism, with a focus on her most recent novel, The Green Road. It considers Enright’s evolving attitudes towards the nation and Irish literary traditions. The chapter discusses her memoir of motherhood and some of her other reflections on her development as a writer. It is argued that Enright belongs to a later moment than the other women considered here, as a person upon whom the burden of the Irish past appears to sit more lightly. Nevertheless, she engages with recognisably Irish themes such as emigration, child abuse, the Celtic Tiger boom/bust and rural life.

Keywords:   Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize, nationalism, motherhood, realism, Celtic Tiger

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