Frank Confessions: Reimagining Ireland

Autor Margaret Eaton
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 24 noi 2016
This book aims to redress the critical neglect of Frank McCourt¿s life-writing, which has been dismissed all too frequently as «misery memoir» and deemed commercially driven or aesthetically and politically naïve. It reassesses the life cycle of McCourt¿s work, investigating the experiences that shaped his desire to write and demonstrating a nuanced and multifaceted network of stimuli and references. This new approach reimagines McCourt¿s work as a series of complex constructions that are inherently performative in nature (including the multiple identities that he assigns himself) and draw on recurrent clichés and stereotypical characters formed from a medley of literary, theatrical, cinematic and popular performance traditions. The author uncovers reference points, intertexts and sources that McCourt appropriates from the Irish language tradition, storytelling, nationalistic songs, the popular music of New York City, the films of Hollywood, other memoirs, Joycean literature, melodrama and theatre. This dynamic has been recognized by other performance practitioners, and the book also explores how McCourt¿s life-writing has inspired creative adaptations for stage and screen.
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ISBN-13: 9781906165611
ISBN-10: 1906165610
Pagini: 284
Dimensiuni: 225 x 153 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Peter Lang Copyright AG
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Margaret Eaton was educated at the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include Irish memoir, melodrama and the representation of Irish national identity in literature and film.


CONTENTS: Curtain Rise: Locating the «Father of the Misery Memoir» ¿ «I¿d Love To Be Irish When It¿s Time For A Song» ¿ «Are ye Gangsters or Cowboys? [¿] Fred Astaire How Are You?»: The Effect of Hollywood Cinema on Frank McCourt¿s Irish-American Male Identity ¿ Melodramatic Moments: McCourt¿s Debt to Dion Boucicault and Seán O¿Casey ¿ Frank McCourt¿s Performance of «Irishness»: The Anxiety of James Joyce¿s Influence? ¿ The After-Lives of Angeläs Ashes ¿ Curtain Fall