Swansea PhD graduate Dr Catriona Ryan has just published her first monograph entitled: Border States in the Work of Tom Mac Intyre: A Paleo-Postmodern Perspective.
Published by Cambridge Scholars, the monograph analyses the prose and drama of Irish writer Tom Mac Intyre and the concept of paleo-postmodernism. It examines how Mac Intyre balances traditional themes with experimentation, which in the Irish literary canon is unusual. The study argues that Mac Intyre’s position in the Irish literary canon is an idiosyncratic one in that he combines two contrary aspects of Irish literature: between what Beckett terms as the Yeatsian ‘antiquarians’ who valorise the ‘Victorian Gael’ and the ‘others’ whose aesthetic involves a European-influenced ‘breakdown of the object’ which is associated with Beckett. The book will be officially launched at Waterstones Bookshop, Swansea University on 15 May 2012 at 2 pm. All welcome.
Dr Catriona Ryan is now an Honorary Research Associate at Swansea following completion of her doctorate in December 2010. She has also published an essay on the work of Tom Mac Intyre in Strays from the Ether: The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre edited by Bernadette Sweeney and Marie Kelly (Carysfort Press: Dublin, 2010).