Sex and the country
The rural Bildungsromane of Maura Laverty and Patrick Kavanagh
in Impure thoughts
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This chapter focuses on the works of Maura Laverty and Patrick Kavanagh. It first analyses Kavanagh' two versions of the Bildungsroman: his autobiography The Green Fool (1938) and his novel Tarry Flynn (1948). It then compares his works with Maura Laverty, whose works depict sexuality, rural life and Irish underdevelopment. The chapter argues that Laverty's and Kavanagh's youth narratives and their visions of rural Ireland were important innovations in the history of the Irish Bildungsroman.

Impure thoughts

Sexuality, Catholicism and literature in twentieth-century Ireland


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