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Trauma and History in the Irish Novel
 
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Trauma and History in the Irish Novel
The Return of the Dead
 
 
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10 Nov 2010
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This book considers the widespread treatment of traumatic memory in Irish fiction of the past thirty-five years. It focuses on both trauma fiction and the historical novel, and the way certain novelists looked to early events in twentieth-century Irish history to engage the recent political violence in Northern Ireland beginning in 1969.

The novels have at least one narrative strategy in common: characters that suffer traumatically. Individuals witnessing or participating in an act of violence are portrayed as permanently attached to that moment - they are in the grip of their own traumatic history. The sense that history repeats itself, which gnawed at Irish political thought during the 1970s and 1980s, is a central tenet of trauma theory and traumatic experience, and lies at the heart of these novels.

The novelists discussed here are some of the most recognizable names in late twentieth-century Irish fiction, including J. G. Farrell, Julia O'Faolain, William Trevor, Jennifer Johnston, John McGahern, Patrick McCabe and Sebastian Barry.


Description

This book considers the widespread treatment of traumatic memory in Irish fiction of the past thirty-five years. It focuses on both trauma fiction and the historical novel, and the way certain novelists looked to early events in twentieth-century Irish history to engage the recent political violence in Northern Ireland beginning in 1969.

The novels have at least one narrative strategy in common: characters that suffer traumatically. Individuals witnessing or participating in an act of violence are portrayed as permanently attached to that moment - they are in the grip of their own traumatic history. The sense that history repeats itself, which gnawed at Irish political thought during the 1970s and 1980s, is a central tenet of trauma theory and traumatic experience, and lies at the heart of these novels.

The novelists discussed here are some of the most recognizable names in late twentieth-century Irish fiction, including J. G. Farrell, Julia O'Faolain, William Trevor, Jennifer Johnston, John McGahern, Patrick McCabe and Sebastian Barry.


Contents


Acknowledgements
Introduction
'Undergoing History': J. G. Farrell's Troubles
Cyclical History: Julia O'Faolain's No Country for Young Men 
William Trevor and the Voices of History
Jennifer Johnston and Traumatic Memory
Representation and Trauma in John McGahern's Amongst Women
Return of the Dead: Seamus Deane's Reading in the Dark
The Contemporary Irish Novel
Index


Authors


ROBERT F. GARRATT is Professor of English and Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, Washington State, USA. His previous publications include Modern Irish Poetry: Tradition and Continuity from Yeats to Heaney; The Uses of the Past: Essays on Irish Culture and Society and Critical Essays on Seamus Heaney.