'Troubling thrillers': between politics and popular fiction in the novels of Benedict Kiely, Brian Moore and Colin Bateman

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Title : 'Troubling thrillers': between politics and popular fiction in the novels of Benedict Kiely, Brian Moore and Colin Bateman
Author : Morales Ladrón, M. Soledad
Date : 2006-03-01
Filiación : Universidad de Alcalá. Departamento de Filología Moderna
Cita bibliográfica : Estudios irlandeses, 2006, n. 1, p. 58-66
Keyword : Troubles thriller
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Benedict Kiely
Brian Moore
Colin Bateman
Northern Ireland politics
Tipo de documento : info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Enlace permanente (URI) : http://hdl.handle.net/10017/30342
ISSN : 1699-311X
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Derechos : Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Derechos de acceso : info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Abstract :

Since the beginning of the Northern Ireland “Troubles”, interest in exploring the social and political concerns of a region affected by sectarian violence and religious bigotry has produced a significant body of literary works within which the thriller has become one of the most suitable forms of expression. The traditional action thriller has acquired in this context a rich political dimension, producing what is now widely known as the “Troubles thriller." The development of this mode has diverged into two categories: the “Troubles-trash”; and a more “literary” form, which draws on serious political matters to reflect upon social and religious disputes. Both kinds, however, have been criticised for offering a stagnant and reductive version of the dynamics of the conflict; a judgement that should be qualified. Bearing this in mind, the purpose of the present article is to analyse the ways in which these issues are echoed in the literary productions of three well-known writers: Benedict Kiely, Brian Moore and Colin Bateman.


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