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Mentxaka Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka Kate O'Brien and the Fiction of Identity

Sex, Art and Politics in Mary Lavelle and Other Writings

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McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers

2014

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Kate O'Brien's work is now widely considered canonical in the English language, and the author herself an icon for Ireland seeking to reinvent itself. O'Brien's novel Mary Lavelle, banned upon publication in 1936, is a key work of the twentieth century that has suffered from critical neglect despite its wider popularity with readers. This book reexamines Mary Lavelle, exploring its role in the modernist canon and its importance to political and queer activism. The novel's biographical and autobiographical experimentation is of particular note. Through the lens of this crucial novel, the oeuvre of Kate O'Brien is recontextualized and reassessed.

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