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Title: Come resistere alla narrazione e deformare il romanzo di formazione: The Hard Life di Flann O’Brien (1911-1966)
Authors: Sciarrino, Chiara
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Chiara Sciarrino, "Come resistere alla narrazione e deformare il romanzo di formazione: The Hard Life di Flann O’Brien (1911-1966)" in: "2021 / 26 Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniere", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2021, pp. 107-118
Journal: Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniere 
Abstract: 
The Hard Life, Flann O'Brien’s fourth novel, is,very much like his prose, difficult to be categorized. Generally and simplistically defined as an all-Irish example of Bildungsroman, the novel is striking for the presentation of an environment in which comic transgressions seek to invalidate the social occasions on which the protagonist finds himself. While the conventions of the genre itself invoke a possible but distant progression and acquired maturity for the ‘unhero’, a story of failure and despair, an “exegesis of squalor” takes over, with attacks to the Roman Catholic Church and the education received at its schools as a constant motif. The aim of my contribution would be to analyse the way in which language is used as a source of humour to give voice to the story of an orphaned distanced narrator named Finbarr and evaluate how the text draws inspiration and distances itself from another canonical Irish Bildungroman, James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a young Man.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/33291
ISSN: 1123-2684
eISSN: 2283-6438
DOI: 10.13137/2283-6438/33291
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:2021 / 26 Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniere

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