Kate O’Brien and the erotics of liberal Catholic dissent
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This chapter discusses the literary censorship of Katy O'Brien's novels: Mary Lavelle (1936) and The Land of Spices (1941). O'Brien's novels were banned in Ireland because of their explicit depiction of sex. The chapter emphasizes the political significance of O'Brien's novels, arguing that she offered to Irish society the ideal of liberal individualism.

Impure thoughts

Sexuality, Catholicism and literature in twentieth-century Ireland


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