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Kate O'Brien and the Fiction of Identity: Sex, Art and Politics in Mary Lavelle and Other Writings

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Kate O'Brien and the Fiction of Identity: Sex, Art and Politics in Mary Lavelle and Other Writings

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    Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka(Author)
Kate O'Brien's work is now widely considered canonical in the English language, and the author herself an icon for Ireland seeking to reinvent itself. O'Brien's novel, ""Mary Lavalle"", banned upon publication in 1936, is a key work of the twentieth century that has suffered from critical neglect despite its wider popularity with readers. This book reexamines ""Mary Lavalle"", exploring its role in the modernist canon and its importance to political and queer activism. The novel's biographical and autobiographical experimentation is of particular note. Additionally, through the lens of this crucial novel, the oeuvre of Kate O'Brien is recontextualized and reassessed.

"a fascinating portrait of O'Brien...Mentxaka's exemplary scholarship and persuasive insights will contribute to the ongoing and much needed reappraisal of O'Brien within Irish literary history and cultural studies more broadly"--English Studies.

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  • By V. Eng on 28 July 2015

    One of the better studies of Kate O'Brien's remarkable work. Mentxaka concentrates mostly on the novel Mary Lavelle, but provides precious analysis of Kate O'Brien's themes and other novels. Like all other critics, however, she refrains from analysing Kate O'Brien's quarrel with the Irish Roman Catholic Church, a constant theme running throughout her oeuvre.

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