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Re-writing Protestant History in the novels of Glenn Patterson

Magennis, C



This article considers the representation of the history of Belfast in Glenn Patterson's 2012 novel The Mill for Grinding Old People Young. It situates this novel within the context of Patterson's previous work and the history of the Northern Irish novel, as well as with the representation of maritime Belfast in the Titanic centenary year. This novel will be read as a recovery and rehabilitation of a Protestant history which could be problematic for Patterson, an avowedly liberal writer, but instead this context allows for an exploration of the uses of history in contemporary Northern Irish cultural and political discourse.


Magennis, C. (2015). Re-writing Protestant History in the novels of Glenn Patterson. Irish Studies Review, 23(3), 348-360.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 9, 2015
Deposit Date May 14, 2015
Journal Irish Studies Review
Print ISSN 0967-0882
Electronic ISSN 1469-9303
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 3
Pages 348-360
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