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Kate O'Brien and Spanish Literary Culture (Hardcover) (Jane Davison)

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Irish Studies / Literary Criticism

"This important study reveals Spain as a significant locus of creative disinhibition and resistance for Kate O'Brien. Her lifelong fascination with Spanish literary culture granted an oblique way of subverting the conservative Catholic social and cultural imperatives of the Irish Free State. Davison convincingly situates O'Brien within a tradition of feminist dissidence, making a vital contribution to ongoing discussions about the significance of gender and sexuality to Irish national identity." ---Katherine Mullin, University of Leeds

"This is a book of real importance, providing a fresh and original reading of a central theme within Kate O'Brien's writings." ---Eibhear Walshe, author of Kate O'Brien: A Writing Life

One of the most important Irish novelists of the twentieth century, Kate O'Brien (1897--1974) was also a pioneer of women's writing. In a career that spanned almost fifty years, nine novels, nine plays, two travelogues, and copious criticism, she rebelled against the narrow nationalism and restrictive Catholicism prevalent in independent Ireland

In this highly original approach to O'Brien's work, Davison traces the influence of three leading Spanish writers---Jacinto Benavente, Miguel de Cervantes, and Teresa of Avila. O'Brien's lifelong fascination with Spanish literature and culture offered an indirect way of resisting the Catholic and conservative imperatives of the Irish Free State. In a series of close comparative readings, Davison identifies the origin of O'Brien's creative resistance and ultimately situates her within a tradition of dissident Irish women writers
Number of Pages: 208
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Civilization
Series Title: Irish Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
Author: Jane Davison
Language: English
Street Date: October 18, 2017
TCIN: 52835003
UPC: 9780815635475
Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-8151
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