"A Soft Lad the Like of You": Complex Father-Son Relationships in Three "Millennial" Irish Texts
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Master of Arts in English (M.A.)
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This thesis addresses the complex relationship between fathers and sons in three highly successful literary texts that grapple with Irish nationalism: Sydney Owenson's The Wild Irish Girl, J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, and Hugo Hamilton's The Speckled People. Each text comes from a different historical moment, but each of these moments is distinguished by major change, a change so paradigm-shifting as to be worthy of the adjective millennial. While many literary critics have paid huge attention to the figure of Ireland as mother - and, indeed, Ireland in other female roles (Old Woman, beautiful young queen, fabulous Sky Woman) - few have interrogated what role dynamic father-son relationships have in stories; whether novels or plays, conscious of shifting political, social, and cultural realities in Ireland. It is with in this vacuum that I propose the literary device, the father and son trope, as an effective means for developing a discourse on the power struggle that is colonialism.
Bruner, Marla Suzanne, ""A Soft Lad the Like of You": Complex Father-Son Relationships in Three "Millennial" Irish Texts" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 189.
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