‘Reconsidering Dermot Bolger’s Grotesquery: Class and Sexuality in The Journey Home’

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    Dermot Bolger's The Journey Home (1990) narrates an often hyperbolic and overblown diatribe against a litany of social and political ills, which elicited frequently critical responses to the novel from reviewers. Yet Bolger's seminal work remains both popular and controversial because of its capacity to shock and upbraid the false morality of Irish society--a society that the author considered to be riven by class inequalities and official abuses. Bolger employs sexual abuse as a metonym for political corruption in the novel, and this essay explores The Journey Home's surreal story of youth in a working-class Dublin suburb in light of more recent revelations of Ireland's legacy of institutional sexual abuse.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)86-106
    Number of pages20
    JournalIrish University Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 06 Dec 2010


    • Dermot Bolger
    • Institutional Abuse


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