Bernard MacClaverty

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'This full-length study of a very popular and well-regarded Irish writer is lively, comprehensive, and critically acute: it is an admirable account of MacLaverty's art' - George Watson, Professor of Irish Literature, University of Aberdeen

Bernard MacLaverty, the first monograph on the Northern Ireland-born writer, discusses his fiction in its aesthetic, cultural and political contexts.

Richard Rankin Russell emphasises MacLaverty's dialectic of imprisonment versus freedom, the latter of which is represented by love. Love in his earlier works is often perverted, whether in the name of family or Irish nationalism. But, after the publication of Cal (1983), manifestations of love become more positive and characters attain the potential to escape various forms of imprisonment.

Russell identifies three distinct phases of MacLaverty's career: the visual, epitomised by his novel Cal, while the second, musical phase, reaches its apotheosis in his Booker Prize short-listed novel Grace Notes (1997). The current phase, beginning with his novel The Anatomy School (2001), is a blending of the two.

Russell concludes by showing how MacLaverty's style, humour, and values enable his deeply humane fiction to model human community. Attentive to language and theoretically well-informed, each chapter of this enterprising book discusses a particular short story collection or novel, and also explores the salient features of MacLaverty's fiction in general.

Richard Rankin Russell is Associate Professor of English Literature at Baylor University.
^ Literary Criticism ^


SKU 9780838757031
Barcode # 9780838757031
Brand AUP
Artist / Author Richard Rankin RUSSELL

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