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One of the most important Irish novelists of the twentieth century, Kate O’Brien (1897–1974) was also a pioneer of women’s writing. In a career that spanned almost fifty years, nine novels, nine plays, two travelogues, and copious criticism, O’Brien rebelled against the narrow nationalism and
restrictive Catholicism prevalent in independent Ireland. In this highly original approach to O’Brien’s work, Davison traces the influence of three leading Spanish writers—Jacinto Benavente, Miguel de
Cervantes, and Teresa of Avila. O’Brien’s lifelong fascination with Spanish literature and culture offered an oblique way of resisting the Catholic and conservative imperatives of the Irish Free State. In a series of close comparative readings, Davison identifies the origin of O’Brien’s creative disinhibition and ultimately situates her within a tradition of dissident Irish women writers.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 1. Jacinto Benavente: An Observer of Manners
  2. pp. 29-68
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  1. 2. Don Quixote: A Deadly Book?
  2. pp. 69-107
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  1. 3. Teresa of Avila: Feminist and Lesbian Icon
  2. pp. 108-146
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-170
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 171-186
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815654131
Related ISBN
9780815635352
MARC Record
OCLC
994263464
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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