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Literary Urban Studies

Irish Urban Fictions

Editors: Beville, Maria, Flynn, Deirdre (Eds.)

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  • Offers a critical introduction to the Irish city as it represented in fiction as a plural space to mirror the plurality of contemporary Irish identities north and south of the border
  • Considers the interiority of the city and the relationship between city and subject in order to discuss ‘belonging’ in the city and the initial constructions of identity for the Irish urbanite
  • Examines the imagined city and the frequent queer and uncanny depictions of the city that can be found in dystopian, fantastic and postmodern urban fictions
  • Explores how the city is written, not only in literature but from the perspective of each individual city dweller, it considers the Irish city in fiction as the city of change
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This collection is the first to examine how the city is written in modern Irish fiction. Focusing on the multi-faceted, layered, and ever-changing topography of the city in Irish writing, it brings together studies of Irish and Northern Irish fictions which contribute to a more complete picture of modern Irish literature and Irish urban cultural identities. It offers a critical introduction to the Irish city as it represented in fiction as a plural space to mirror the plurality of contemporary Irish identities north and south of the border. The chapters combine to provide a platform for new research in the field of Irish urban literary studies, including analyses of the fiction of authors including James Joyce, Roddy Doyle, Kate O’Brien, Hugo Hamilton, Kevin Barry, and Rosemary Jenkinson. An exciting and diverse range of fictions is introduced and examined with the aim of generating a cohesive perspective on Irish urban fictions and to stimulate further discussion in this emerging area.

About the authors

Maria Beville is a researcher, lecturer, and writer with the Centre for Studies in Otherness. Her research interests include Gothic studies, Irish Studies, and cultural theory. Working mostly with contemporary fiction and film, her recent research has focused on the supernatural city in literature. Her books include The Unnameable Monster in Literature and Film (2013), The Gothic and the Everyday (co-edited 2014) and Gothic-postmodernism (2009). She is editor of the journal Otherness: Essays and Studies.

Deirdre Flynn is a lecturer in English Literature and Drama at Mary Immaculate College Limerick, and in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. She was recently awarded a Moore Institute Visiting Scholar Fellowship for her work on the representation of female middle age in Post-Celtic Tiger Fiction. She lectures at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in English Literature, and Drama and Theatre Studies. Her recent co-edited collection Representations of Loss in Irish Literature was published with Palgrave in June 2018.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Irish Urban Fictions

    Beville, Maria (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Whose Dublin Is It Anyway? Joyce, Doyle, and the City

    White, Eva Roa

    Pages 23-44

  • That Limerick Lady: Exploring the Relationship Between Kate O’Brien and Her City

    O’Neill, Margaret

    Pages 45-61

  • Migrants in the City: Dublin Through the Stranger’s Eyes in Hugo Hamilton’s Hand in the Fire

    Ferguson, Molly

    Pages 63-79

  • Phantasmal Belfast, Ancient Languages, Modern Aura in Ciaran Carson’s The Star Factory

    Keane, Tim

    Pages 81-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Irish Urban Fictions
Editors
  • Maria Beville
  • Deirdre Flynn
Series Title
Literary Urban Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98322-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98322-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98321-9
Series ISSN
2523-7888
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 245
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