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Laying Out the Bones
Death and Dying in the Modern Irish Novel

Bridget English

Hardcover $60.00L    |    978-0-8156-3548-2    |    2017

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3536-9    |    2017

ebook 978-0-8156-5414-8

Explores the ways in which death shapes the structure, form, and development of the Irish novel.

"An original study of a curiously neglected topic in Irish literary studies. With a display of impressive scholarly authority, English ranges from Joyce’s Ulysses to Enright’s The Gathering by way of Beckett, Kate O’Brien and McGahern. She argues that the Irish novel is a secularizing medium that disenchants traditional Catholic conceptions of death and dying but also registers the fear and trembling that all post-religious societies feel in the face of death stripped of sacred consolations or philosophical certainties. This thoughtful, compelling study will open up a whole new set of discussions and debates in Irish Studies."—Emer Nolan, Maynooth University

"A rich, provocative and lyrical meditation on the treatment of death and dying in the work of a wide range of modern Irish writers. English shows that novels provide a secularizing society with a form through which to confront the ultimate experience. Her prose is subtle and poised: and her insights are profound and original."—Declan Kiberd, author of The Irish Writer and the World

  Laying Out the Bones

  Bridget English holds a PhD in English from Maynooth University in Ireland.

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6 x 9, 280 pages, notes, bibliography, index

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