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Title: Sons of Ulster: masculinities in the contemporary Northern Ireland novel
Author: Magennis, Caroline
ISNI:       0000 0000 8020 7423
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis explores the representation ofmasculinity within a number ofNorthern Irish novels written in the last 15 years. The main focus is the novels of Eoin McNamee, Glenn Patterson and Robert McLiam Wilson, although the works of a number of other authors are also discussed. This thesis has taken a thematic approach to the contemporary Northern Irish novel and attempted to analyse the myriad facets of masculinity as it is imagined in this fiction. This analysis encompasses ideas of femininity and maternity, class and the dominant discourses of masculinity, as they exist in academia and beyond. Masculinity in Northern Ireland is influenced by both the social landscape ofNorthern Ireland and wider social trends, as the novels under consideration are affected both by the forms of masculinity they represent and the formal constraints of the tradition of the novel. One ofthe key aims of this thesis is to disrupt notions of a hegemonic Northern Irish masculinity, based on violent conflict and hyper-masculine sectarian rhetoric, as the only option available to Northern Irish men. The three sections of this thesis were designed to represent the three key facets of Northern Irish manhood; their bodies, their performances and the way in which their subjectivity has been bound up with violence.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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