New Book: Flann Oโ€™Brien: Gallows Humour by Ruben Borg and Paul Fagan. Cork University Press.

The essays collected in this volume draw unprecedented critical attention to the centrality of politics in Flann Oโ€™Brienโ€™s art.

The organising theme of Gallows humour focuses these inquiries onto key encounters between the body and the law, between death and the comic spirit in the authorโ€™s canon.

These innovative analyses explore the place of biopolitics in Oโ€™Brienโ€™s modernist experimentation and popular writing through reflections on his handling of the thematics of violence, justice, capital punishment, eugenics, prosthetics, skin, prostitution, syphilis, rape, reproduction, illness, auto-immune deficiency, abjection, drinking, Gaelic games and masculinist nationalism across a diverse range of genres, intertexts, contexts.

Ruben Borg is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to Gallows humour, he co-edited two volumes on Flann Oโ€™Brien for Cork University Press: Contesting Legacies (with Paul Fagan and Werner Huber: 2014), and Problems with Authority (with Paul Fagan and John McCourt: 2017).

Paul Fagan is Senior Scientist at Salzburg University, as well as a Lecturer at the University of Vienna and co-founder of the Vienna Irish Studies and Cultural Theories Summer School. As well as co-editing the Cork University Press collections Flann Oโ€™Brien: Contesting Legacies (2014) and Flann Oโ€™Brien: Problems with Authority (2017), Fagan is a co-founder of the International Flann Oโ€™Brien Society and is presently completing a monograph on the Irish Literary Hoax Tradition.

November 2020 | 9781782054214 | โ‚ฌ39 ยฃ35| Hardback |234 x 156mm| 358 pages