• New Flann O'Brien Book OUT NOW! Dublin Launch 29 November

    New Flann O'Brien Book OUT NOW! Dublin Launch 29 November

    Posted by "Flann O'Brien: Acting Out" Out Now from Cork University Press on 2022-11-14

Cork University Press invites you to the launch of
Flann O'Brien: Acting Out
courtesy of Dublin Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame
O'Connell House, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin
Tuesday 29 November 18:00-19:30
David Clare (Mary Immaculate College, UL)
Paul Fagan (Maynooth University)
Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)
All welcome!

Edited by Paul Fagan and Dieter Fuchs, Flann O’Brien: Acting Out is the first full-length study to address in detail the themes of performance, masking and illusion in the author’s fiction, columns, correspondence and scripts.
These essays reveal, for the first time, the fullness of O’Brien’s literary engagements with diverse theatrical movements (melodrama, revivalism, tableaux vivant, Grand Guignol, modernist anti-theatre) and playwrights (Shakespeare, Goethe, Boucicault, Synge, Yeats, Gregory, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, Čapek).
Often considered a lonely pioneer of the Irish novel, the author is here resituated both among a troupe of mid-century playwrights, producers and performers (Mac Liammóir, Edwards, Saroyan, Montgomery, Sheridan, MacNamara, O’Dea) and in front of discrete local audiences (at The Irish Times, the Abbey, the Gate, Radio Éireann, Telefís Éireann). A new picture of O’Brien emerges as a performative and collaborative writer, firmly imbedded in the cultural networks and institutions of his time and place.
Flann O’Brien: Acting Out draws unprecedented attention to the author’s critically neglected writing for stage and screen (Thirst, Faustus Kelly, Rhapsody in Stephen’s Green, An Sgian, The Handsome Carvers, Mairéad Gillan, The Dead Spit of Kelly). These scripts are here re-evaluated against their historical contexts and through their thematics of war, nationalism, gender, nonhuman bodies and posthuman identity.
At the same time, innovative readings of the role of masking and mimicry in the fiction and columns (At Swim-Two-Birds, The Third Policeman, ‘John Duffy’s Brother’, ‘The Martyr’s Crown’, Cruiskeen Lawn) shed new critical light on O’Brien’s pseudonyms, his theories of literary performance, his modulation of comic and tragic tone, and his shifting place in Irish modernism.
Contributors: Maebh Long, Alana Gillespie, Richard Barlow, Dieter Fuchs, Joseph LaBine, Neil Murphy, Kerry Higgins Wendt, Noam Schiff, Joseph Brooker, Tobias W. Harris, Lisa FitzGerald, Jack Fennell, Paul Fagan, Eglantina Remport, Richard T. Murphy, Matthew Sweney, Johanna Marquardt, S.E. Gontarski, John Greaney.
To order your copy from Cork University Press: Flann O'Brien: Acting out (corkuniversitypress.com) 
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