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    • Decommissioning the Canon: Towards a Deconstruction of the Givens of the Literary Canon 

      O'Brien, Eugene (Teaching Social Justice: Intercultural and Development Education Perspectives on Education’s Context, Content, 2003)
      This essay examines the differences between high and popular culture, looking at Joyce and Heaney as synecdoches of cannon-creation and a resultant decommissioning of that canon. This is done through a deconstructive ...
    • Recharging the Canon: Towards a Literary Redefinition of Irishness 

      O'Brien, Eugene (Edwin Mellen Press, 2005)
      By adding volumes four and five as a supplement to its anthology, Field Day was both acknowledging its own attenuation of a tradition, and at the same time, valuing at another dimension, the very plurality of traditions ...