Big Troubles in Northern Ireland: The Conflicted Character of Cal

Bernard MacLaverty’s Cal explores the intense conflict between the Roman Catholic nationalist party and the Protestant British police forces of northern Ireland in the late 20th century. MacLaverty tells the story of Ireland’s most violent period through the teenaged protagonist, Cal, who gets unwillingly roped into helping the IRA, and subsequently faces his own internal … Read moreBig Troubles in Northern Ireland: The Conflicted Character of Cal

O Mother, Where Art Thou?: Parental Absence in Literatures of Conflict

Bernard Maclaverty’s Cal and Sindiwe Magona’s Mother to Mother both present the larger conflicts of a country through the voice of a single protagonist. The violence plaguing the lands of both Northern Ireland and South Africa in the late 1900’s situate the reader in the reality of each country, and through fictional characters, the authors … Read moreO Mother, Where Art Thou?: Parental Absence in Literatures of Conflict