Chapter 43. John McGahern: Nightlines

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. Stanley van der Ziel PhD

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch43

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

van der Ziel, S. (2008) John McGahern: Nightlines, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch43

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. University College Dublin, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770

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Keywords:

  • John McGahern's works, Nightlines describing clash between two cultural systems;
  • tragedy and comedy;
  • stories in Nightlines - concerned with end of childhood and loss of innocence;
  • role of art;
  • McGahern describing ideal work of art as “a complete representation of existence”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Tragedy and Comedy

  • The Absurd

  • The Role of Art

  • References and Further Reading