National Identities and Imperfections in Contemporary Irish Literature

Unbecoming Irishness

Editors: González-Arias, Luz Mar (Ed.)

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  • Focuses both on contemporary Irish writers who are widely read, and those which are yet to receive much critical attention
  • Includes contributions from well known figures, such as scholars Ciarán Benson and Patricia Coughlan, acclaimed novelist Lia Mills and one of Ireland's leading abstract painters, Bridget Flannery
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach of interest to scholars working in film, linguistics, ecocriticism, disability studies and medical humanities
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About this book

This book is about the role that the imperfect, the disquieting and the dystopian are currently playing in the construction of Irish identities. All the essays assess identity issues that require urgent examination, problematize canonical definitions of Irishness and, above all, look at the ways in which the artistic output of the country has been altered by the Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its subsequent demise. Recent narrative from Ireland, principally published in the twenty-first century and/or at the end of the 1990s, is dealt with extensively. The authors examined include Eavan Boland, Mary Rose Callaghan, Peter Cunningham, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, Emer Martin, Lia Mills, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Bernard O’Donoghue, Peter Sirr and David Wheatley.

About the authors

Luz Mar González-Arias is Senior Lecturer in English and Irish Literatures at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She is the author of two monographs: Otra Irlanda (2000), and Cuerpo, mito y teoría feminista (1999). She researches in the areas of body theory and Medical Humanities as applied to the work of contemporary Irish women poets.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • The Imperfect as a Site of Contestation in Contemporary Ireland

    González-Arias, Luz Mar

    Pages 1-17

  • What Plenty Laid Bare! Ireland’s Harsh Confrontation with Itself: 1999–2014

    Benson, Ciarán

    Pages 21-36

  • Satiric Insights into Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland: The Case of Peter Cunningham’s Capital Sins

    Elices, Juan F.

    Pages 37-50

  • Understanding the Imperfect in John McGahern’s First and Last Novels

    Morgan, Anita

    Pages 51-64

  • Hard Times and Sibling Songs: Sibling Relations in Contemporary Irish Literature

    Coughlan, Patricia

    Pages 67-82

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
National Identities and Imperfections in Contemporary Irish Literature
Book Subtitle
Unbecoming Irishness
Editors
  • Luz Mar González-Arias
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47630-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47630-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47629-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 248
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