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Flann O’Brien: an exegesis of satire

Reynolds, Allyn (2019) Flann O’Brien: an exegesis of satire. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of writing Flann O’Brien: An Exegesis of Satire was to illuminate how O’Brien uses political, religious, and social satire to destabilize identities. Satire is achieved through hyperbole, irony, and irreverent diction. Identities are exaggerated in the texts to reveal problematic aspects embedded within them. Some of O’Brien’s heavily satirized identities are nationalist, Gaelic, academic, and masculine identities. Troublesome components of these respective identities are revealed in order to improve said identity, which O’Brien is passionate about. O’Brien’s five novels were analyzed in how satire functioned and why; the result being he heavily criticized that which he was passionate about. His passion is revealed through his familial history, interviews with family members, and O’Brien’s personal letters. O’Brien, neglected in comparison to other Irish authors, brilliantly deconstructs identities in an “irreverent reverence” and should be respected for his metafictional works.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Reynolds, Allynanr164@pitt.eduanr1640000-0003-1746-4699
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRogers, Gaylegrogers@pitt.edugrogers
Committee MemberMurray-Twyning,
Committee MemberNovosel,
Committee MemberKeating,
Date: 29 April 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 April 2019
Approval Date: 29 April 2019
Submission Date: 18 April 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 55
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: O'Brien; Flann; Irish Literature; Metafiction; Satire; Hyperbole
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 16:17
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2019 16:17


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