Nailing Theses: The Selected Essays
About the book…
Titley is one of Ireland's pre-eminent literary scholars.
Provocatively recalling the defiant act of reformer Martin Luther, Nailing Theses is a collection of essays in the English language dealing largely with the culture, literature and politics of Ireland.
As one would expect from the man, the essays are, by turns, generous, open-hearted, witty, bracingly combative and daunting in their intellectual rigour. whether writing of Frank O'Connor, Padraic O Conaire, Mairtin O Cadhain, the influence of the Russian greats on Irish literature, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, the GAA or the pulp literaqture of the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’, his explorations are exhilarating and insightful, challenging the accepted critical orthodoxies and the lazy discourses of so much literary criticism.
But the essays are also fascinating journeys into the psychic landscape of Gaelic Ireland. Never intimidating in his erudition, Titley takes the reader by the hand and shows wonders. He is a critic who delights in saying: 'This is how it seems to me. Now does it strike you?'
Nailing Theses represents literary criticism at its best and most essential.