Arrested development
Sexuality, trauma and history in Edna O’Brien and John McGahern
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This chapter focuses on the works of Edna O'Brien and John McGahern. O'Brien's The Country Girls trilogy (1960–64) and McGahern's The Dark (1965) were banned due to their portrayal of sexuality. The chapter also discusses the reform of literary censorship and the contribution of these novels to the cultural reconfiguration of sexuality and social change in Ireland.

Impure thoughts

Sexuality, Catholicism and literature in twentieth-century Ireland


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