New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature

Contemporary Irish Republican Prison Writing

Writing and Resistance

Authors: Whalen, L.

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As it traces the textual history of the works of authors like Bobby Sands and Gerry Adams, this book analyses Republican resistance to disciplinary structures, demonstrating the ways in which prisoners appropriate space through discursive strategies.

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LACHLAN WHALEN is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, USA.

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"An original study. In addition to using his readings of prison literature to highlight the continuing influence of a subtly conservative modernist aesthetic within the academy, Whalen also refutes elements of the poststructural theory that has represented new criticism s most widely-accepted alternative, rejecting in particular poststructuralism s pessimism concerning the possibility of human agency. Whalen s readings are superb; he deftly balances descriptions of the overall pieces he explicates, the historical and material conditions under which they were created, and the telling details on which he founds his surprisingly weighty arguments." - Margot Backus, University of Houston


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Taoibh Amuigh agus Faoi Ghlas: The Counter-aesthetics of Republican Prison Writing

    Pages 1-14

    Whalen, Lachlan

  • “Our Barbed Wire Ivory Tower”: The Cages of Long Kesh

    Pages 15-53

    Whalen, Lachlan

  • “Comrades in the Dark”: Writing in the H Blocks, 1976–1981

    Pages 55-106

    Whalen, Lachlan

  • “Silence or Cell?”: Women Writing in Armagh, Maghaberry, and Durham

    Pages 107-139

    Whalen, Lachlan

  • “Captive Voices”: Post-1981 Republican Prison Writing

    Pages 141-169

    Whalen, Lachlan

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Irish Republican Prison Writing
Book Subtitle
Writing and Resistance
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Lachlan Whalen
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61006-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230610064
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8193-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53887-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 244
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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