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The Queer Labors of Patrick McCabe and Neil Jordan

Patrick R. Mullen

in The Poor Bugger’s Tool

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746699
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746699.003.0005
The Queer Labors of Patrick McCabe and Neil Jordan

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This chapter introduces the second part of the book and turns from the first wave of Irish modernism to the contemporary Irish cultural boom in the work of Patrick McCabe and Neil Jordan. The chapter introduces the concept of queer labor to explain the work of queer aesthetics. Specifically, it argues that the work of these artists promotes queer forms of labor as a way to harness the dynamic excesses generated by queer cultural representations. The chapter examines two modalities of queer labor, the televisual and the cinematic, and suggests that each offers unique perspectives on historical thought and agency.

Keywords: Irish television; Irish cinema; queer labor; historical thought; historical agency; Irish cultural boom; Patrick McCabe; Neil Jordan

Chapter.  13915 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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