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Noman’s Land or the Art of Spatial Transgressions and Haunting Strangeness in The Third Policeman

Author: Thierry Robin (European University of Brittany, Brest)

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This essay explores the ambivalence of spatial representation in The Third Policeman, which translates into an unorthodox, uncanny brand of geometry. This focus shows how the novel's ambivalent openness engages with the problem of representation in time, space and mind. The bizarre landscapes which are observed in The Third Policeman, foreshadow the postmodern literary movement and demonstrate the aptness of the concept of postmodern ambivalence by simultaneously reasserting conservative traditional notions about the nation while achieving an innovative and transgressive piece of literature. This realisation paves the way for the reconciliation between postmodern theorists and new modernists. 

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Keywords: Ambivalence, Literature, Landscapes, History, Ecocriticism, Postmodernism, The Third Policeman, Flann O'Brien

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Robin, T., (2013) “Noman’s Land or the Art of Spatial Transgressions and Haunting Strangeness in The Third Policeman”, The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O'Brien Studies 2(1), p.31-45. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/pr.3046

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23 Oct 2013
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