Revolutionary bodies

Homoeroticism and the political imagination in Irish writing

By Michael G. Cronin

Revolutionary bodies

Book Information

  • 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

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