Patrick McGinley Essay - Analysis


Because of lack of serious critical attention until the late 1990’s, it had been difficult to assess Patrick McGinley’s status as a contemporary Irish novelist. Beginning in the early 1960’s, Irish writing in all forms underwent major self-interrogation, accompanied by the new thematic and formal considerations. While, unlike many Irish writers, McGinley was anything but vocal in this sustained period of reappraisal, it is instructive to see his work in such a context. Its individuality is arguably its most significant feature and, by a paradox more apparent than real, is the attribute that makes his novels symptomatic of new departures in Irish writing. At the same time, the representations of nature, the sense of the...

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