- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-3542-1
- Pages: 240
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £80.00
- Published Date: February 2022
- BIC Category: Literature, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: post-colonial literature, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Revolutionary bodies provides a detailed study of the erotics and politics of the male body in Irish fiction. Some of the authors discussed in the book include: Oscar Wilde, Brendan Behan, John Broderick, Colm Tóibín, Keith Ridgway, Jamie O'Neill, Micheál Ó Conghaile and Barry McCrea. The book critically analyses the emergence of contemporary Irish gay fiction since 1993, especially its most notable genres: the coming out romance and the historical romance. It assesses the role of the novel in the evolution of Irish LGBT politics, mapping a literary and cultural space where the utopian aspirations of sexual liberation have clashed with the reformism and neo-liberal political rationality of identity politics.
Revolutionary bodies offers a unique critical intervention into our understanding of queer Irish cultures in the wake of the 2015 referendum and the Varadkar election.
1 Brendan Behan
2 John Broderick
3 Colm Tóibin
4 Romances: coming-out and gay historical
5 Three contemporary novels
Michael G. Cronin is Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth