Michael McAteer, Ph.D. (1998), Queen’s University Belfast, is Associate Professor of English at Pázmány Péter University, Budapest. He has published extensively on Irish Literature, including Standish O’Grady, AE, Yeats (Irish Academic P, 2002); Yeats and European Drama (Cambridge UP, 2010).
All interested in modern Irish literature, European Modernist literature (Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Flann O’Brien), Modern Drama, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, and anyone concerned with psychoanalytical and philosophical approaches to literature.
"The breadth and brio of Silence in Modern Irish Literature ensue mainly from the contributors’ mastery of their field, from its concentration and coherence, and from its selection of prestigious Irish authors across the many genres, geotemporal divisions, national affiliation, religious dominations, and philosophical discourses."
- Ruben Moi, The Arctic University of Norway, in New Hibernia Review, Vol 21.3 (2017), pp. 155-158
"In its focus on gaps and ruptures in speech, Silence in Modern Irish Literature marks a unique and important contribution to Irish Studies, one that alters approaches to reading practices themselves by shifting the focus from what is articulated, to what remains unspoken, but which nevertheless conveys meaning."
- Bridget English, Études irlandaises, 42-2 (2017), pp. 154-156.
Table of contents
Part One — Psychologies of Silence
Silence as Disturbance in W. B. Yeats’s “How Ferencz Renyi Kept Silent”
Theatres and Pathologies of Silence: Symbolism and Irish Drama from Maeterlinck to Beckett
Silence, Language, and Power in Elizabeth Bowen’s Work
Aleksandra V. Jovanović
Narrative, Silence, and Psychosis in John Banville’s The Book of Evidence
Part Two — Ethics of Silence
Ritualized Silence and Secret Selves: The Seal of the Confessional in Nineteenth Century Ireland
Silence, Justice, and the Différend in Joyce’s Ulysses
Silence as Testimony in Samuel Beckett and Derek Mahon
Women, Violence, and Silence: Roddy Doyle’s The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Part Three — Places of Silence
Silence and Displacement in Ivan Turgenev and George Moore
“The gentle thread of the little voice:” Silence, Sexuality, and Subjectivity in Kate O’Brien’s The Land of Spices
Between Silence and Re-narration: Translating Signs of Belfast’s Urban Space
Part Four — Spirits of Silence
“Silent, so to speak:” Flann O’Brien and the Sense of an Ending
Variations on Silence in Dermot Healy’s A Fool’s Errand
The Voices of the Dead and the Silence of the Living in Brian Friel’s Drama
Notes on Contributors