Myles na gCopaleen’s Cruiskeen Lawn (1940-66) and Irish Politics
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Author/sAsensio Peral, Germán
Advisor/sFernández Sánchez, José Francisco
Abstract Irish writer Brian O’Nolan, also known by his pseudonyms Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, has been lauded, alongside James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as one of the central figures of Irish modernism. His novels At Swim-Two-Birds (1939) and The Third Policeman (1940, published posthumously in 1967) have consistently drawn scholarly attention due to their enigmatic and experimental narrative structures. For this reason, however, many of his other works have been neglected until recently. One such example is the newspaper column Cruiskeen Lawn, published as Myles na gCopaleen in the Irish Times on an almost daily basis from 1940 to 1966. Cruiskeen Lawn was a comic literary column devoted to offering a sharp and incisive portrait of mid-twentieth century Ireland. While dedicated scholarship on Cruiskeen Lawn has emerged in recent years, one of the aspects that most critics have failed to touch upon is the question of Irish politics. Brian O’Nolan was witness to tumultous chan...