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Redefinitions of Irish Identity

A Postnationalist Approach


Edited By Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Carmen Zamorano Llena

Recently, the issue of postnationalism has encouraged intense debate, which has been reflected in the publication of numerous books and articles in various fields of study, including politics, history, philosophy and anthropology. However, the work produced in Irish literary criticism has been much sparser. This collection of essays aims to fill this gap and provide new insights into the debate on postnationalism in Ireland from the perspective of narrative writing. The book collects thirteen essays by academics from various countries, including Ireland, the United States and Sweden. It analyses the concepts of the postnational and the postnationalist in relation to globalisation, as well as the debate that postnationalist discourse has opened in various fields of knowledge, and its definitions and implications in the contemporary Irish historical and literary context. The literary forms under consideration include essay writing, drama, fiction, autobiography, film and poetry. The authors whose work is analysed here include Dermot Bolger, Hubert Butler, Ciaran Carson, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, Marie Jones, Derek Mahon, Frank McGuinness, Robert McLiam Wilson, Conor McPherson, Sinéad Morrissey, Nuala O’Faolain and David Wheatley.


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Notes on contributors Michael Böss is Associate Professor of History and Irish Studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is also Director of the Centre for Irish Studies Aarhus (CISA), and of the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Aarhus. He is the co-editor of the NIS Journal and of the collections of essays Engaging Modernity (Veritas Publications, 2003) and Re-Mapping Exile (Aarhus University Press, 2005). He has published widely on Irish history, including work on the Great Famine in Irland efter hungersnøden (Gads Forlag, 2002), and on twentieth- and twenty- first century Ireland. David Cregan is Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department at Villa- nova University, USA. He earned his doctorate from the Samuel Beckett School of Drama at Trinity College, Dublin. He also has an MA in Irish Studies from the Catholic University of America, and an MPhil in Irish Theatre and Film from Trinity. He has published articles on the plays of Frank McGuiness in Modern Drama (Winter 2004), and Australasian Drama Studies (October 2003). He has a chapter in a book on the Irish author Sebastian Barry, Out of History (The Catholic University of America Press, 2006), and on the American character in Irish drama in We Will Be Citizens (McFarland and Co, 2008). Seán Crosson is Lecturer on Irish and world cinema with the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Galway. His previous publications include ‘The Given Note’: Traditional Music and Modern Irish Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) and the...

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