Kate O’Brien and the Fiction of Identity: Sex, Art and Politics in Mary Lavelle and Other Writings
Set in the s and 90s, it tells the stories of two girls, Clare and Rose, who are sent from Ireland to Paris and Rome for training as opera singers. As they travel further from home, both pursue romances that conflict with the values they have learned. Out of the wind, my love. She was on her way, involuntarily, into horrid winds, whence no-one would call her back, come in, my love.
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Add a tag. They both wrote from a position of female non-normativity, and they both invited their readers to access their radical narratives by adopting the same temporary position.
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Their nexus: a vampire tale. Their forerunner: Virgil. Newcastle: CSP, , pp. It is only in the The influence of Joyce in her work is one of the areas that requires more investigation.
Kate O'Brien and the Fiction of Identity : Sex, Art and Politics in Mary Lavelle and Other Writings
Yet people once laughed at the idea of comparing Shakespeare with Jane Austen. Convergences in the work of Kate O'Brien and Virginia Woolf range from literary influences and political alignments, to a shared approach to narrative point of view, structure, or conceptual use of words. Common ground includes Common ground includes existentialist preoccupations and tropes, a pacifism which did not hinder support for the left in the Spanish Civil War, the linking of feminism and decolonization, an affinity with anarchism, the identification of the normativity of fascism, and a determination to represent deviant sexualities and affects.
Making evident the importance of the connection, O'Brien conceived and designed The Flower of May , one of her most experimental and misunderstood novels, to paid homage to Woolf's oeuvre.
This article reads Kate O'Brien's Mary Lavelle in a cultural historical framework of medicine and psychoanalysis to explore the significance of the heart condition angina pectoris in the text. The novel illuminates the complexities of the The novel illuminates the complexities of the mind-body relationship, the connections between emotional trauma and bodily symptoms, and cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity within the historical conditions and medical models that have shaped them.
Ultimately, Mary Lavelle undermines the primacy of objectivity and rationality encoded in ideals of masculinity that guide cultural and medical discourses.
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The novel furthermore speaks to the imperative to listen to the narratives spoken through patient's bodies. The European Metropolis is the first book to explore Irish women's novels and the representation of Paris, which draws these writers into a recognizably European literary tradition.
By reasserting the centrality of Paris, this book draws