House of Splendid Isolation

Josie is confined to bed in her dilapidated country mansion when McGreevy, IRA terrorist hunted by the police bursts in looking for sanctuary___

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Orion Publishing Company

ISBN: 1857992091

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

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Josie is confined to bed in her dilapidated country mansion when McGreevy, IRA terrorist hunted by the police bursts in looking for sanctuary___
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Edna O Brien

7 | Outside History : Relocation and Dislocation in Edna O'Brien's House of Splendid Isolation Michael Harris a 1 2 Edna O'Brien's is not name that one often hears in discussions of postmodernism . Nevertheless , her novel House of ...

Author: Kathryn Laing

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1904505201

Category: Literary Criticism

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Edna O'Brien was born in Co. Clare in the 1930s. She is a prolific and lauded writer, writing novels, novellas, non-fiction, short stories, plays, screenplays, poetry, and books for children. Her writing career spans over 45 years, beginning with the first part of the The Country Girls trilogy in 1960, for which she won the Kingsley Amis Award for fiction. In 1995, she was awarded the European Prize for Literature in recognition of her life's work.
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Wild Colonial Girl

Danine Farquharson and Bernice Schrank, the authors of “Blurring Boundaries, Intersecting Lives: History, Gender, and Violence in Edna O'Brien's House of Splendid Isolation,” discuss a more recent example of O'Brien's transgressive ...

Author: Lisa Colletta

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299216337

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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Since the 1960 publication of her first novel, The Country Girls, award-winning Irish writer Edna O'Brien has been both celebrated and maligned. Praised for her lyrical prose and vivid female characters and attacked for her frank treatment of sexuality and alleged sensationalism, O'Brien and her work seem always to spawn controversy, including the past banning in Ireland of several of her works. O'Brien's attention to "women's" concerns such as sex, romance, marriage, and childbirth has often relegated her to critical neglect at best and, at worst, outright contempt. This essay collection promises to be a long overdue critical reevaluation and exciting rediscovery of her oeuvre. Wild Colonial Girl situates O'Brien in Irish contexts that allow for an appraisal of her significant contribution to a specifically Irish women's literary tradition while attesting to the potency of writing against patriarchal conventions. Each chapter's clear and detailed readings of O'Brien's fiction build a convincing case for her literary, political, and cultural importance, providing an invaluable critical guide for an enriched appreciation of O'Brien and her work.
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Fine Meshwork

Farquharson and Schrank, “Blurring Boundaries,” 117; O'Brien, “House of Splendid Isolation, Notebooks,” box 44, folder 9, O'Brien Papers, Emory; Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!, 182, 184; O'Brien, House of Splendid Isolation, 53. 32.

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815654674

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 293

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In a 1984 interview with longtime friend Edna O’Brien, Philip Roth describes her writing as "a piece of fine meshwork, a net of perfectly observed sensuous details that enables you to contain all the longing and pain and remorse that surge through the fiction." The phrase "fine meshwork" can apply not only to O’Brien’s writing but also to the connective threads that bind her work to others’, including, most illuminatingly, Roth’s. Since the publication of their first controversial novels in the 1950s and 1960s, Roth and O’Brien have always argued against the isolation of mind from body, autobiography from fiction, life from art, and self from nation. In Fine Meshwork, Dan O’Brien investigates the shared concerns of these two authors, now regarded as literary icons in their home countries. He traces their fifty-year literary friendship and the striking parallels in their books and reception, bringing together what, at first glance, seem to be quite disparate milieus: the largely feminist and Irish scholarship on O’Brien with Jewish and American perspectives on Roth. In doing so, and in considering them in a transnational context, he argues that the intertwined nature of their writing symbolizes the far-ranging symbiosis between Irish literature and its American—particularly Jewish American—counterpart.
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House of Splendid Isolation

"Josie is a widow living in a remote old house outside an Irish village, possessed by memories of her troubled marriage and one clandestine love affair.

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Picador USA

ISBN: 9780374538828

Category: Fiction

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"Josie is a widow living in a remote old house outside an Irish village, possessed by memories of her troubled marriage and one clandestine love affair. Her solitude is violated by the arrival of an escaped IRA terrorist, McGreevy, a bloody crusader for a united Ireland, who has chosen her beautiful home for sanctuary as he plans a new action. Their coexistence--a hostile standoff at first between the yearnings of an elderly woman whose youthful joy was broken and the intransigent idealism of her captor--evolves into something far more ambiguous."-- Back cover
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Ageing in Irish Writing

I am myself as never before'.54 House of Splendid Isolation, portraying Josie's life as containing the potential for deepening and enriching even at this late stage, contains elements of Constance Rooke's Vollendungsroman, ...

Author: Heather Ingman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319964300

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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Age is a missing category in Irish literary criticism and this book is the first to explore a range of familiar and not so familiar Irish texts through a gerontological lens. Drawing on the latest writing in humanistic, critical and cultural gerontology, this study examines the portrayal of ageing in fiction by Elizabeth Bowen, Molly Keane, Deirdre Madden, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, John Banville, John McGahern, Norah Hoult and Edna O’Brien, among others. The chapters follow a logical thematic progression from efforts to hold back time, to resisting the decline narrative of ageing, solitary ageing versus ageing in the community, and dementia and the world of the bedbound and dying. One chapter analyses the changing portrayal of older people in the Irish short story. Recent demographic shifts in Ireland have focused attention on an increasing ageing population, making this study a timely intervention in the field of literary gerontology.
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Positioning Gender and Race in Post colonial Plantation Space

Chapter 4 Revising Historical Revisionism: Exploding Mother Ireland and the Big House in Edna O'Brien's The House of Splendid Isolation Irish men were supposed to, anddid,laydown theirlivesforIreland. Irish women, with the example ...

Author: E. Stoddard

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137042682

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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Stoddard uses the Anglophone Caribbean and Ireland to examine the complex inflections of women and race as articulated in-between the colonial discursive and material formations of the eighteenth century and those of the (post)colonial twentieth century, as structured by the defined spaces of the colonizers' estates.
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

Although there is no doubt that O'Brien's next novel, House of Splendid Isolation (1994), represents a significant turning point in her career, it is equally possible to designate Time and Tide as the pinnacle of her many books ...

Author: David Scott Kastan

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ISBN: 9780195169218

Category: Literary Collections

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A comprehensive reference presents over five hundred full essays on authors and a variety of topics, including censorship, genre, patronage, and dictionaries.
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Edna O Brien and the Art of Fiction

O'Brien, House of Splendid Isolation, 3. 94. Renate Lachmann, “Mnemonic and Intertextual Aspects of Literature,” in Cultural Memory Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook, ed. Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning (Berlin: ...

Author: Maureen O'Connor

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781684483358

Category: Literary Criticism

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Edna O'Brien and the Art of Fiction provides an urgent retrospective consideration of one of the English-speaking world's best-selling and most prolific contemporary authors. This study considers the pioneering ways O'Brien represents women's experience, family relationships, the natural world, sex, creativity, and death, and her work's long anticipation of movements such as #metoo.
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Irish Women Writers

Review of House of Splendid Isolation. Sewa- nee Review 106, no. 2 (Spring 1998): xlvi-xlvii. Jefferson, Margo. "Edna O'Brien Takes Her Pen to a Wider Canvas." Review of House of Splendid Isolation. New York Times, July 13, 1994, C18.

Author: Alexander G. Gonzalez

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313328831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 348

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Surveys the lives and works of roughly 75 Irish women writers active in a range of genres and periods.
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