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The Poor Bugger’s ToolIrish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History$
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Patrick R. Mullen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746699

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746699.001.0001

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The Queer Labors of Patrick McCabe and Neil Jordan

The Queer Labors of Patrick McCabe and Neil Jordan

Novel, Television, Cinema

(p.117) Chapter 5 The Queer Labors of Patrick McCabe and Neil Jordan
The Poor Bugger’s Tool

Patrick R. Mullen

Oxford University Press

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

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