‘“Irish realist”: Anthony Cronin’s “Beckett man” and the “non-novel” in Ireland’. / Fox, Brian.

2013. Paper presented at Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland III, Dublin, Ireland.

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‘“Irish realist”: Anthony Cronin’s “Beckett man” and the “non-novel” in Ireland’. / Fox, Brian.

2013. Paper presented at Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland III, Dublin, Ireland.

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Fox, B 2013, '‘“Irish realist”: Anthony Cronin’s “Beckett man” and the “non-novel” in Ireland’', Paper presented at Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland III, Dublin, Ireland, 1/08/13 - 3/08/13.

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Fox, B. (2013). ‘“Irish realist”: Anthony Cronin’s “Beckett man” and the “non-novel” in Ireland’. Paper presented at Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland III, Dublin, Ireland.

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Fox B. ‘“Irish realist”: Anthony Cronin’s “Beckett man” and the “non-novel” in Ireland’. 2013. Paper presented at Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland III, Dublin, Ireland.

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Fox, Brian. / ‘“Irish realist”: Anthony Cronin’s “Beckett man” and the “non-novel” in Ireland’. Paper presented at Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland III, Dublin, Ireland.

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title = "{\textquoteleft}“Irish realist”: Anthony Cronin{\textquoteright}s “Beckett man” and the “non-novel” in Ireland{\textquoteright}",
abstract = "This paper will discuss Anthony Cronin{\textquoteright}s writings regarding Samuel Beckett, focusing on precisely where and how Cronin identifies Beckett as a distinctively Irish writer. The argument will be two-fold; first, it will present the anti-heroic protagonist of Cronin{\textquoteright}s 1964 comic novel The Life of Riley as largely modelled on what Cronin later describes in his biography of Beckett, The Last Modernist, as {\textquoteleft}the Beckett man{\textquoteright} (for whom {\textquoteleft}enthusiasm [is] the chief enemy{\textquoteright}), drawing on suitably Beckettian resources to reflect amid {\textquoteleft}vast superstructures of idleness{\textquoteright} on post-war Ireland; second, it will situate The Life of Riley within Cronin{\textquoteright}s critical writings on Beckett – including A Question of Modernity: Essays on Writing with Special Reference to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett (1966), Heritage Now: Irish Literature in the English Language (1982), and his Beckett biography (1996) – in order to explore Cronin{\textquoteright}s wider argument, stated explicitly in the preface to his biography of Flann O{\textquoteright}Brien, No Laughing Matter (1989), that Beckett, O{\textquoteright}Brien and James Joyce have {\textquoteleft}confirmed the existence of a specifically Irish kind of novel, or non-novel{\textquoteright}. Here, Cronin identifies Beckett as an {\textquoteleft}Irish realist, not an Irish romantic{\textquoteright}, and the substantive reality of Beckett{\textquoteright}s non-novels, as such, is rooted in Ireland. The lines of connection between Beckett, The Life of Riley and Cronin{\textquoteright}s critical writings index precisely the arguments over Beckett{\textquoteright}s relationship with Ireland. Cronin{\textquoteright}s appropriation of and reflection on the {\textquoteleft}Beckett man{\textquoteright} makes an implicit claim for a closer relationship to Ireland for Beckett{\textquoteright}s writings, which he later develops in the critical writings more explicitly. This paper, then, is concerned with determining the exact nature of this claim and the historical circumstances surrounding it.",
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