The novels of Roddy Doyle

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Caramine White (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Keith Cushman

Abstract: This dissertation is a critical examination of the five published novels of Roddy Doyle, The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and The Woman Who Walked into Doors. Since this dissertation will be the first of its kind about Doyle, its basic purpose will be to introduce the novels to the reading public and to convince the reading public that Doyle, although a very popular artist, is also a gifted writer who should be taken seriously. There are six chapters: an introduction and a chapter devoted to each novel. The introduction offers an overview of Doyle's works and a discussion of the qualities of his novels each subsequent chapter will examine. Each chapter discusses one of Doyle's novels by examining the following: his innovative use of language; his manipulation of his audience's reaction via humor and comedy; the role, however slight, of religion and politics; his overall social vision as projected in the novels both individually and as part of the complete body of work. The analysis also examines other prominent aspects of the individual novels, namely, the function of music in The Commitments; Sharon's character development in The Snapper, the grimness and despair of The Van; the use of double-writing in Paddy Clarke; and the way Paula's life may be seen as a metaphor for the abuses women suffer in a patriarchal society in The Woman. An extensive interview with Doyle, which he was gracious enough to grant me several months ago, is included as an appendix.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Doyle, Roddy, $d 1958- $x Criticism and interpretation
Doyle, Roddy, $d 1958- $v Interviews

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