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Scholarcast 49: Silence and Solitude: The absence of intimacy in Roddy Doyle's The Snapper

Louise Callinan


In spite of the linguistic license that defines Roddy Doyle’s The Snapper, the characters maintain crucial silences throughout in relation to meaningful issues. This episode examines the system of self-imposed censorship that operates among the female characters in particular and how it leads to isolation and an absence of true intimacy. The psychological impact of the changing social and moral landscape of the nation can be registered in this private retreat from externalisation and engagement. Implicit in the novel’s concern with birth is the possibility of rebirth and transformation, and so The Snapper suggests that the solitude that separates the female characters from one another can be overcome.

Louise Callinan

Louise Callinan is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of English at St Patrick's College. Her research interests are in the areas of American and African-American theatre, and she is currently working on a book on the late plays of Arthur Miller.


Series edited by: Derek Hand
General Editor: P.J. Mathews
Scholarcast original theme music by: Padhraic Egan, Michael Hussey and Sharon Hussey.
Recording, audio editing, photography, video and development by: John Matthews, Vincent Hoban, Brian Kelly & Ken Doyle at UCD Media Services.

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