This Side of Brightness

Colum McCann is one of the most important Irish writers in contemporary literary fiction. His work has been critically acclaimed across the globe for its artistic achievement, its thematic range and its ethical force. This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann is the first collection of scholarly essays to deal with McCann’s oeuvre, drawing on the pioneering critical work of some of the leading figures in Irish literary studies. Touching on a host of central themes in McCann’s writing – emigration, race, performance, poverty, travel, nationality and globalization – the volume covers each of McCann’s publications and includes a substantial interview with the author. The book is an invaluable resource for current and future scholars of the Irish novel.


Susan Cahill is Assistant Professor in the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. Her research interests include Irish children’s literature and contemporary Irish literature, particularly women’s writing. She is the author of Irish Literature in the Celtic Tiger Years: Gender, Bodies, Memory (2011) and recently co-edited a collection of essays on Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright. Her current research focuses on the literary culture of the Irish girl in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Eóin Flannery is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University. His publications include: Colum McCann and the Aesthetics of Redemption (2011); Ireland and Postcolonial Studies: Theory, Discourse, Utopia (2009); and Versions of Ireland: Empire, Modernity and Resistance in Irish Culture (2006). He is currently writing a book entitled‘Listening Deeply’: Ecology, Postcolonialism and Social Justice in Irish Cultural History and completing a study of the work of Eugene McCabe.


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