This book offers the first critical analysis of Brian Moore to examine the historical frameworks and various time-periods that underpin each of his novels - European, North American, Caribbean, and North African alike - showing him to have been a writer who was heavily invested in the representation and the meaning of the past. This work should appeal to scholars interested in literary studies, especially modern Irish literature. Critics of the Irish novelist, Brian Moore (1921-1999), have largely concentrated upon his use of faith and realism; although such examinations have illuminated his novels in intriguing and useful ways, much has been neglected by viewing his work solely from these perspectives. The sheer variety of Moore's work discourages a single viewpoint because his oeuvre refuses classification, be that through narrative mode, his use of religion, or his varied use of setting. The approach of this book, which is the first of its kind, examines how history influences Moore's texts as well as how it codifies his individual characters.
By the end of his career, Brian Moore was rewriting history in order to create new narratives that explored colonialism, identity, religion, and the intersection between differing interpretations of the past. In all of these cases, a careful examination of history opens up the texts to new readings. This critical analysis examines Brian Moore as a writer who was heavily invested in the representation and the meaning of the past.
Dr. Patrick Hicks is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English at Augustana College where he teaches Irish literature. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sussex. Dr. Hicks's work has appeared in over seventy-five international journals. He is an advisory editor for New Hibernia Review and is the author of Traveling through History, Draglines, The Kiss that Saved My Life, and Finding the Gossamer. Aside from being nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a Visiting Fellow at Oxford.
Preface, Dr Norman Vance; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Struggling Against an Irish Background; Reliving the Past; Hotels as Dehistoricized Space; Rewriting History; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.