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Recent book publication by AIAS Fellow

Karen ní Mheallaigh, AIAS, explores fakes, freaks and hyperreality in her new Cambridge University Press publication.

In the book Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality, Karen ní Mheallaigh offers the reader with a new interpretation of Lucian as a fictional theorist and writer to stand alongside the novelists of the day, bringing to bear on his works a whole new set of reading strategies.

The publication proposes a fresh understanding of fiction within the wider context of ancient wonder, spectacle and entertainment as well as including comparative readings with postmodern fiction, especially the works of Umberto Eco. In her book, ní Mheallaigh also presents a new view of the importance of the role of the material text in ancient fiction.

Read more about the book.