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Appreciating the Whole: A Look into the Form and Meaning of That They May Face the Rising Sun

On the surface, That They May Face the Rising Sun is a slow meditative look at rural life in Ireland and little more. In this paper I will attempt to explain the importance of this novel’s lack of, what one might refer to as, traditional plot or “action,” while relating it to Joyce’s “The Dead,” Irving and his Picturesque, and the ideas of Theodore Adorno. With That They May, McGahern created a novel as focused and poetic as Joyce’s “The Dead” but with all of the room, space, and rhythm only a...

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