Richard Robinson is the author of two monographs, Narratives of the European Border: A History of Nowhere (Palgrave, 2007) and John McGahern and Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2016). His more recent book draws out the ways McGahern’s fiction conceals and reveals its modernist traces. McGahern’s narratives of melancholic return are often read psycho-biographically, but they also involve a return to the remnants of literature, including that of canonical modernists, such as Joyce, Proust, Yeats and Beckett.
Richard has published widely on modernism and contemporary fiction, in journals such as James Joyce Quarterly, Journal of European Studies, Critical Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Textual Practice and Irish University Review. He is currently developing a collaborative project on style, considered as a concept in literary criticism, theory and philosophy. He will initially be exploring the cultural conditions in the academy which led to the near disappearance of style in the 1970s, the uneasy relation between style and that branch of linguistics known as stylistics, and the way in which the legacy of modernism has affected theoretical debates about style. Richard will consider this ‘period’ reconstruction of mid-late-twentieth century style as it relates to the recent upsurge of interest in style and ethics.
His research interests also include:
- Modernism; James Joyce; Italo Svevo; Rebecca West.
- The afterlife of modernism in contemporary writing; Irish literature; John McGahern; Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Edward St Aubyn.
- The literary representation of geopolitical borders.