Edna O'Brien Essay - Edna O'Brien World Literature Analysis

Edna O'Brien World Literature Analysis

O’Brien’s recurring themes, her stylistic experimentation with received forms and narrative stances in the pronouns used, and her success in communicating that an Irish microcosm has a universal significance are all clearly present in Mother Ireland, the most accessible and instructive work with which to make O’Brien’s literary acquaintance. This personal response to her dear native land is not at all likely to be promoted by the Irish Tourist Board. Her Irishness, however, is something of which O’Brien is proud: “It’s a state of mind,” she claims. She is not, however, blind to Ireland’s faults, appreciating that there must be something “secretly catastrophic” about a country that so many of its...

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