Excess in Modern Irish Writing - Spirit and Surplus
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"There is much to admire and appreciate in McAteer's book. The breadth and scope of his knowledge of Irish literature, current and past Irish literary criticism, and Continental philosophy is evident throughout the book. McAteer moves easily between these disciplines, presenting his work in clear and accessible prose. ... Bringing new and interesting theoretical frameworks to this emerging work as McAteer does represents a possible way forward." (Michael Gillingham, Irish Studies Review, Vol. (28) 4, 2020)
Examines the topic of excess in modern Irish writing in terms of mysticism, materialism, myth, and language.
Discusses ideas of excess as they appear in works by major thinkers from Hegel, Kierkegaard and Marx to Nietzsche, Bataille, Derrida, and, more recently, Badiou.
Illustrates how Matthew Arnold’s idea of the excessive character of the Celt is transformed within the modernity of twentieth-century Irish writing