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A Poetics of Dissensus: Confronting Violence in Contemporary Prose Writing from the North of Ireland
     

A Poetics of Dissensus: Confronting Violence in Contemporary Prose Writing from the North of Ireland

by Fiona McCann
 
Twenty years after the peace process began in the North of Ireland, many thorny political issues remain unresolved. One of the most significant questions involves the means by which acts of violence and the ideologies that subtended them can be dealt with, interrogated and questioned without rekindling conflict. This book focuses on a number of fictional and

Overview

Twenty years after the peace process began in the North of Ireland, many thorny political issues remain unresolved. One of the most significant questions involves the means by which acts of violence and the ideologies that subtended them can be dealt with, interrogated and questioned without rekindling conflict. This book focuses on a number of fictional and non-fictional texts published during the last two decades and analyses, through the prism of French cultural philosopher Jacques Rancière’s work, the emergence of an aesthetics of dissensus within these novels, short stories, graphic novels and memoirs. Associating close textual analyses with wider contextual readings, the book investigates the overlap of politics, aesthetics and the redistribution of the sensible in recent prose works, revealing how the authors avoid the pitfalls of a facile discourse of peace and reconciliation that whitewashes the past and behind which unaddressed tensions may continue to simmer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783034309790
Publisher:
Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date:
08/08/2014
Series:
Reimagining Ireland Series , #59
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Fiona McCann is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the Université de Lille 3, where she teaches courses on contemporary Irish and South African literature and feminism. Her research focuses on the representation of violence in the literatures of these countries and the overlap of politics and aesthetics. She has published several articles and book chapters on contemporary postcolonial writers and has guest-edited special issues of Commonwealth Essays and Studies and Études irlandaises.

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