Department of English

Alan W. Friedman Publishes New Book

Tue, November 6, 2007
''A meticulously researched book that makes important contributions to major yet unexplored aspects of the work of Joyce and Beckett.'' —Brian Richardson, author of Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Postmodern Fiction

''Irishness'' has often meant self-dramatization because Ireland is commonly represented as a nation of storytellers, musicians, and virtuoso performers. Like many of their characters, Joyce and Beckett were superb musicians and performers and they sought both to evoke and exhaust the resources and rhythms of language and performance. In this groundbreaking work, Alan W. Friedman explores the rich historical and literary backgrounds of this distinctly Irish phenomenon. He explains its cultural significance and discusses the major works of both authors, illustrating the diverse ways in which Ireland is enacted.

Author Alan W. Friedman is Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise and editor of Beckett in Black and Red: The Translations for Nancy Cunard’s Negro.
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