On the Butcher Block: A Panorama of Social Marking

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235278 | DOI:
On the Butcher Block: A Panorama of             Social Marking

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This chapter presents a commentary on the film The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan. The film, based on a 1992 novel by Patrick McCabe, provides a fortuitous occasion for setting out some of the textual, sociological, and theoretical parameters that need to be taken into account in contemporary cultural criticism. It graphically raises questions relevant to social branding, progressive alienation, exclusion, outsideness, community, social oversight and sanction, and the interplay between public and private discourses pivotal at once to narrative, semiotics, and critical theory.

Keywords: The Butcher Boy; Neil Jordan; Patrick McCabe; films; cultural criticism; critical theory; social issues

Chapter.  8270 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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