Austerity in Prosperity: Anne Enright’s The Green Road
Published: Monday 15th May 2017
Join Matthew Ryan, Deputy Head of the School of Arts (Vic), on 24 May for the final National School of Arts Research Seminar for the Semester.
Matthew will be discussing his paper on Anne Enright’s novel The Green Road. His paper focuses on the use of the well-worn Irish tropes of the mother and the family home as they appear in The Green Road.
In particular, it considers the ways alternative historical and social possibilities are coded into cliché and stereotype. Rather than appearing as a linguistic limitation or an exhaustion of meaning, these images and characterisations are pointing to unrealised cultural resources from the past.
A recuperation of historical failure is enacted in Enright’s use of these stereotypical forms. Matthew will discuss how Enright draws new meaning from old imagery, refashioning the ideas of the mother and the home for a critique of the present.
Matthew will explain how The Green Road can be read as a post-Celtic Tiger text that, in the evocation of cultural impoverishment through stereotype, brings a historical legacy to the critique of the current economic crisis.