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Flann O'Brien : A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-Modernist
by Keith Hopper


Overview - Flann O Brien s The Third Policeman , completed in 1940, was initially rejected by his publishers for being "too fantastic," and only appeared posthumously in 1967. Since then O Brien has achieved cult status, although critical appraisal of his work has focused almost exclusively on his first novel, At Swim Two Birds (1939).  Read more...

 
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Overview
Flann O Brien s The Third Policeman, completed in 1940, was initially rejected by his publishers for being "too fantastic," and only appeared posthumously in 1967. Since then O Brien has achieved cult status, although critical appraisal of his work has focused almost exclusively on his first novel, At Swim Two Birds (1939). By 1940 O Brien was confronted with two towering traditions: the jaded legacy of Yeats s Celtic Twilight and the problematic complexities of Joyce s modernism. With The Third Policeman, O Brien forges a powerful synthesis between these two traditions, and the paraliterary path he chooses marks the historical transition from modernism to post-modernism.

This groundbreaking study, first published in 1995 and now substantially revised, reconfigures O Brien as a highly subversive writer within a rich and fertile literary landscape: indisputably Irish yet distinctly post-modern. It identifies The Third Policeman as a subversive intellectual satire, in the cutting-edge tradition of Swift and Sterne, and situates it as one of the earliest and most exciting examples of post-modernist fiction."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781859184875
  • ISBN-10: 1859184871
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 290
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Books > Literary Criticism > English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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