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Idylls of the WandererOutside in Literature and Theory$
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Henry Sussman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227693.001.0001

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On the Butcher Block: A Panorama of Social Marking

On the Butcher Block: A Panorama of Social Marking

(p.43) Two: On the Butcher Block: A Panorama of Social Marking
Idylls of the Wanderer

Henry Sussman

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a commentary on the film The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan. The film, based on a 1992 novel by Patrick McCabe, provides a fortuitous occasion for setting out some of the textual, sociological, and theoretical parameters that need to be taken into account in contemporary cultural criticism. It graphically raises questions relevant to social branding, progressive alienation, exclusion, outsideness, community, social oversight and sanction, and the interplay between public and private discourses pivotal at once to narrative, semiotics, and critical theory.

Keywords:   The Butcher Boy, Neil Jordan, Patrick McCabe, films, cultural criticism, critical theory, social issues

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