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Brendan Behan : Cultural Nationalism and the Revisionist Writer

Brendan Behan : Cultural Nationalism and the Revisionist Writer

John Brannigan

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This book offers a major reassessment of the work of Brendan Behan (1923-64), author of 'The quare fellow', 'The hostage' and 'Borstal Boy'. It charts Behan's intellectual journey from his early imitations of Republican verse and song to his formulation of a literature which could articulate a thoroughly postcolonial, critical nationalism.

'Brendan Behan' moves beyond the popular image of Behan as a stage-Irish rebel and presents his writings as complex representations of the construction and negotiation of identity and culture.

This book argues that Behan's work expands the anti-colonial project of Irish revival writings to articulate a revisionist critique of post-independence Irish nationalism.

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Author John Brannigan
Publisher Four Courts Press
Publication date 4 Apr 2014
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781846825378

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