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KATE O’BRIEN AND THE BASQUES/ La ESCRITORA KATE O’BRIEN Y EUSKADI

Author: 
Mentxaka, Aintzane L.
Credentials: 
Ph.D, Comparative Languages, UC Dublin (National University of Ireland)

“... arresting work ... fascinating portrait of O’Brien ... exemplary scholarship ”
ENGLISH STUDIES JOURNAL, October 2014

"Mentxaka’s prose is clear, well-written and informative, and opens new and fascinating doors to the interpretation of O’Brien’s novels"
THE IRISH EXAMINER, 25 Feb 2013

"[Mentxaka’s book] reads like a challenging detective story, scholarly, yet unpredictable, and sparkling”
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ENGLISH STUDIES, Summer 2013

This is a singular piece of literary research and criticism by a scholar fluent in English, Spanish , Irish and Basque who has utilized all the sources available to write a thorough study of Kate O’Brien ( called by Dr. Declan Kilberd one of the top 20 Irish authors of the 20th century). O’Brien (1897-1974) was not only a playwright and a splendid writer of prose but a close student of the Basques at a time when the very survival of their society was at terrible risk. As a feminist O’Brien was fascinated by the role of women and the identity politics of Republican Spain as well as the Francoist regime that took control in 1939. Kate O’Brien’s best known work is the 1936 novel MARY LAVELLE ;banned in both Spain and Ireland for many years. The work is discussed at length and placed in the context of her fiction, reportage and polemics. Very popular in the 1940s she fell into obscurity until revived in the 1990s in part because of her championing of gay and lesbian characters in her novels and plays and in part because of the brilliant writing than ran uninterruptedly from 1931 when she won the James Tait Black memorial prize till her last novel in 1958.

Irish Research Series, No.70
This is a dual language study in Spanish and English

Market: 
Irish Studies, Basque life and culture, Basque Identity Politics, Feminism, Spain in 20th c literature, Irish Writing 20th c, Gay/Lesbian Studies, Queer Theory, Women in 20th c British and Irish Drama, Postcolonial Literature
Release Date: 
March 17th, 2015
ISBN: 
Cloth: 978-1-68053-005-6
Price: 
$74.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
212
Index: 
Yes
Bibliography: 
Yes
Illustrations: 
None
CIP: 
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
1727 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 507
Washington, DC 20036

Irish Research Series: 
Yes