Aidan Higgins: The Fragility of Form
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Drawing together a wide range of focused critical commentary and observation by internationally renowned scholars and writers, this collection of essays offers a major reassessment of Aidan Higgins’s body of work almost fifty years after the appearance of his first book, Felo De Se. Authors like Annie Proulx, John Banville, Derek Mahon, Dermot Healy, and Higgins himself, represented by a previously uncollected essay, offer a variety of critical and creative commentaries, while scholars such as Keith Hopper, Peter van de Kamp, George O’Brien, and Gerry Dukes contribute exciting new perspectives on all aspects of Higgins’s writing, including his radio plays, his critical work, and the Harold Pinter film adaptation of Langrishe, Go Down. Langrishe too is revisited, while convincing cases are made for the major significance of later novels such as Bornholm Night-Ferry and Lions of the Grunewald, as well as Higgins’s unorthodox trilogy of autobiographies. This collection confirms the enduring significance of Aidan Higgins as one of the major writers of our time, and also offers testament that Higgins’s work is being rediscovered by a new generation of critics and writers.
Nb of pages 330 p.
Publication Date 2010
Nb of pages 330
List Price $29.95
Aidan Higgins's Flotsam & Jetsam
Aidan Higgins's Flotsam & Jetsam is a good sampler of his literary range. Rather than reading the selections as conventional stories, most should be appreciated as fine, small paintings, as examples of how this powerful writer arranges experience and personal dreamtimes through exploration of a past which exists only through memory. Both the historical past and its cousin, myth, are formed through accumulated and recorded memories into public consciousness of nation and universe. The process begins with individual lives, and Higgins has fixed the core decades of the twentieth century in literature's amber.
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Genres : Literary Criticism, Philosophy and Theory : Poetics
Countries : Ireland