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29 Jun 2022

New book from Limerick academic charts Celtic Tiger years

New book from Limerick academic charts Celtic Tiger years

Dr Eóin Flannery pictured with his new book

A NEW book from MIC academic Dr Eóin Flannery explores how leading literary voices in contemporary Irish writing engaged with the events of Ireland’s turn-of-the-century economic ‘boom’ and the demise of the Celtic Tiger, and how they have portrayed the widespread and contrasting aftermaths.

Form, Affect and Debt in Post-Celtic Tiger Irish Fiction is a fascinating analysis of the work of writers such as Donal Ryan, Anne Haverty, Claire Kilroy, Dermot Bolger, Deirdre Madden, Chris Binchy, Peter Cunningham, Justin Quinn, and Paul Murray.

The publication explores how contemporary literary fiction reflected upon and influenced the Irish perception of the ‘boom’ and crash, of associated shame and guilt, and the philosophy of debt to offer an entirely original suite of perspectives on both established and emerging authors.

Commenting on his new book, Dr Flannery, a Lecturer within the Department of English Language & Literature at Mary Immaculate College, said:  “The Celtic Tiger saw the transformation of Irish land into commercial and residential property. This book examines how a range of Irish fiction writers track and interrogate these changes in attitudes to the Irish landscape, as well as analysing how Irish fiction intersects with other global literary representations of economic success and austerity."

The book also examines and reveals how affects and emotions, such as guilt and shame were active as part of the reckoning with Ireland’s post-crash economic decline.

"In this respect the fall-out from the Celtic Tiger implosion seems to draw upon the same affective energies characteristic of Ireland’s much longer history of Catholicism,” said Dr Flannery. 

Stephen Regan, Professor in the Department of English Studies at Durham University commented. “This book is a compelling study of the intimate relations between finance and fiction in the wake of the Celtic Tiger. Readers will be truly indebted to this subtle and enlightening study for many years to come. It is pleasingly elegant and playfully entertaining, and it offers a startling account of the tangled co-existence of wealth creation and creative writing.”

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