Sean OFaolain 19001991 was Irelands leading social and political critic in the period following the countrys independence from the United King- dom. Since his death scholarly opinion has alternately cast him as an arch- revisionist a liberal nationalist and a frustrated republican. The Selected Essays of Sean OFaolain reassesses his reputation by showing that he wrote in the tradition of post-Enlightenment European intellectuals and that while he was a signicant gure in Ireland his work extends beyond immediate national concerns. This volume includes over fty unabridged essays by OFaolain on a wide range of subjects from canonical writers to architecture from religious scandals to economics from nationalism to internationalism from long-dead historical gures to recent controversies. OFaolains fearlessness in taking on the major political cultural and religious gures of his day his masterly use of rhetoric and his intellectual acuity have contributed to his works being quoted often by scholars working across several disciplines. Many of these essays appear here in print for the rst time since they were published in the foremost periodicals of their day. An extensive introduction and helpful annotations contextualize and explain them for a new audience. In his re-readings of history and challenges to dominant historiographical trends OFaolain has become a pariah to some and a hero to others. The Selected Essays of Sean OFaolain bridges some of these competing visions presenting a more complex gure through his varied corpus of writing. Brad Kent is associate professor of British and Irish literatures at Universit Laval. It is unlikely that Jacques Lacan and Alice Munro were ever aware of each others work. Yet because of Munros intuitive grasp of the complexities of human subjectivity and her ability to articulate subtleties and ambiguities her ction shares many of the insights of Lacans theoretical advancements of the same period. They are both concerned with bringing the obscure under- currents of the psyche to light. Jennifer Murrays Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan brings the works of the writer and the psychoanalyst into dialogue offering innovative interpretations of a selection of Munros stories. Approached from a Lacan- ian perspective a close reading of Munros texts reveals the libidinal energy at the heart of the stories and offers particular insight into aspects such as shame and humiliation feelings that Munro presents with disconcerting acuity. Taking into account stories both of childhood and of adult experi- ences Murray analyses the childs bewilderment as she confronts the incom- prehensibility of parental injunctions and symbolic functions while stories about women later in life speak of subjectivity in the eld of relationships where desire and love are central concerns. Including extended reections on fantasy sublimation persistence of purpose transmission love and the roles of both paternal and maternal gures in Munros work Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan also reshapes literary debate on feminine subjectivity and sexuality. Jennifer Murray is associate professor of North American literature at the University of Franche-Comt. 3 7 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S October 2016 978-0-7735-4777-3 37.95A 34.95T 26.99 paper 978-0-7735-4776-6 110.00S 110.00S 84.00 cloth 6 x 9 560pp Ebook available L I T E R A R Y C R I T I C I S M I R I S H S T U D I E S The Selected Essays of Sean OFaolain edited by brad kent The rst collection of essays by one of the most important public intellectuals in Ireland. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S October 2016 978-0-7735-4781-0 100.00S 100.00S 77.00 cloth 6 x 9 208pp Ebook available L I T E R A R Y C R I T I C I S M P S Y C H O L O G Y Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan jennifer murray How Lacanian psychoanalysis illuminates the enigmas of human subjectivity at the heart of Alice Munros ction.