Disposable Living: O’Casey, Beckett, Doyle

  • Michael McAteerEmail author
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


In this chapter, McAteer develops his analysis of material excess in modern Irish writing through a consideration of material waste and leftovers as represented in works by Irish authors. Central to his discussion is Roddy Doyle’s 1999 novel on the 1916 Rising and the Irish War of Independence, A Star Called Henry. McAteer examines how the novel illustrates Marx’s ideas on the production of excess within the capitalist economic system in the form of material and human surplus. McAteer also discusses the representation of material leftovers in O’Casey’s plays Juno and the Paycock and Red Roses for Me; in O’Brien’s The Third Policeman; in Beckett’s novel Molloy and his play Endgame. McAteer draws upon the thought of Adorno, Heidegger and Sloterdijk in this critique.


Leftovers Waste Legs Technology Cycle Borrowing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English Literatures and Cultures, Institute of English and American StudiesPázmány Péter Catholic UniversityBudapestHungary

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