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The Poor Bugger’s Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History

Patrick R. Mullen

Abstract

Is Irish history at the dawn of the twenty-first century still, as Stephen Dedalus quipped, a nightmare? With the demise of the Celtic Tiger, the collapse of the housing bubble, and the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church, Ireland is an island looking for a new story. This book argues that queer culture has a vital role to play in the creation of a reinvigorated national image for the Republic and for Northern Ireland. Looking back to the first wave of Irish modernism in the works of Oscar Wilde, John Millington Synge, Roger Casement, and James Joyce, the author reveals how ... More

Keywords: Irish literature, modernism, James Joyce, Irish history, economics, queer theory, sexuality, economic value, aesthetic value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746699
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746699.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick R. Mullen, author
Northeastern University

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