'A piece of fine meshwork': the intertwining fiction of Philip Roth and Edna O'Brien

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dc.contributor.advisor Jenkins, Lee en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Connor, Maureen en
dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Dan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-16T09:45:54Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation O'Brien, D. 2016. 'A piece of fine meshwork': the intertwining fiction of Philip Roth and Edna O'Brien. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 223 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3093
dc.description.abstract This thesis comprises a comparative analysis of the works the Irish author Edna O’Brien and her contemporary and friend, the Jewish-American author Philip Roth. It investigates the striking biographical, textual and stylistic symmetries between two writers from very different cultures and literary traditions. The thesis begins with the, until now, undetected intertextual nexuses between Roth’s fiction and O’Brien’s. These allusions significantly alter the readings of a number of their novels, while at the same time indicating wider transatlantic frames of reference now apparent in their work. O’Brien has, since the beginning of her career, been in frequent correspondence with all of the pre-eminent Jewish-American authors of her time, and her work conducts a dialogue with key Jewish-American texts. Conversely, Roth’s fiction—like O’Brien’s, obviously indebted to Joyce—has frequently alluded to other seminal Irish authors. The literary and personal relationship of Roth and O’Brien symbolize myriad links between Jewish and Irish literary cultures. In O’Brien’s (and wider Irish) fiction, the Jew is often positioned as an exotic but dangerous “Other”. Equally, throughout the Jewish canon Irish Catholics are frequently employed as foils. Roth and O’Brien investigate difference by depicting relationships that cross these boundaries. Through understanding the complex interrelations at play between the fiction of Roth and O’Brien, and between their work and that of a wider pantheon of Irish and American writers, this thesis will reposition both as transnational authors while developing a culturally sensitive, textually nuanced account of their transatlantic literary relations. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (Postgraduate Scholarship); College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork (Notre Dame-UCC Irish Murphy Exchange Fellowship) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Dan O'Brien. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Transnationalism en
dc.subject Intertextuality en
dc.subject Irish literature en
dc.subject American literature en
dc.subject Jewish literature en
dc.title 'A piece of fine meshwork': the intertwining fiction of Philip Roth and Edna O'Brien en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
dc.internal.availability Full text not available en
dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.contributor.funder College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork en
dc.contributor.funder Irish Association of American Studies en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school English en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Autumn 2016 en


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