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A Swiftian Sunday

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This essay explores the political and religious conflicts embedded in the film. In particular, I focus on how British, American and Irish Protestant (Swiftian) influences assault the traditional Irish Catholic ethos. I argue that the allusion to Swift suggests that neither modernity nor tradition encapsulates the desired state of being.

Keywords: Catholic; Kubrick; McLuhan; Swift; modernity; tradition

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of British Columbia

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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