Liam Harte
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‘Tomorrow we will change our names, invent ourselves again’
Irish fiction and autobiography since 1990

Amongst Women is a work of powerful originality which contains one of the most fascinating and intimately drawn portraits of destructive, charismatic fatherhood in modern Irish fiction. The haunting repercussions of sublimated memory and unprocessed history run like a dark thread through the fabric of contemporary Irish fiction, making the wounded, traumatised subject one of its most representative figures. Trauma in Irish novel-cum-autobiography is experienced both as a catastrophic knowledge that cannot be articulated and as a memory that simultaneously resists assimilation and demands constant iteration. As Stephen Regan's analysis makes clear, Reading in the Dark is essentially an abortive autobiography, a novel about the failure of self-representation and the frustration of narrative revelation. Seoda Fitzgibbon's pithy annulment of two centuries of history provides an appropriate endpoint for the brief survey of contemporary Irish fiction and autobiography.

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