“[L]ike a shoal of fish moving within a net”: 'King Lear' and McGahern’s Family in 'Amongst Women'
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The family has always been a topic of literature and modern Irish literature is no different; however, in Irish literature – particularly that of the second half of the twentieth century – there exists a socio-political reference which is the paradigm for families. Thus, the Constitution of the Republic which came into force in 1937, succeeding the Constitution of the Free State, had (and continues to have) a clause relating directly to the family...
Collins, N. (2014) '“[L] ike a Shoal of Fish Moving Within a Net”: King Lear and McGahern’s Family in Amongst Women’. In: Mullen, R., Bargroff, A., and Mullen, J. (eds). John McGahern: Critical Essays. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang UK, pp.113-36.
Book chapter in John McGahern: Critical Essays (2014).