Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Eóin Flannery's new book on Colum McCann

Monday, 23 May 2011

Dr Eóin Flannery's new book, Colum McCann: The Aesthetics of Redemption is to be published later this month. Taking account of all of McCann's literary fiction to date, Eóin Flannery considers the ways in which the writer navigates and negotiates between Ireland and the international, and between the pastand the contemporary. Unlike many other Irish writers, McCann's fiction is not limited by the Irish experience , but neither is it slavishly global. He transcends the limitations of nationality by exploring the interactions of many differentnationalities and cultures. McCann's Irish heritage is a valuable resource in his engagement with the disenfranchised in Irish-American, African-American, and Eastern European histories during the twentieth-century. Flannery argues that McCann'swriting re-imagines the possibilities of contemporary Irish fiction, it places Irish history, Irish writing, and Irish cultural life into artistic and ethical dialogue with other marginal cultures. The book is available in both hardback and paperbackformats and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.