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No Country for Old Men

Fresh Perspectives on Irish Literature


Edited By Paddy Lyons and Alison O'Malley-Younger

Once a country of emigration and diaspora, in the 1990s Ireland began to attract immigration from other parts of the world: a new citizenry. By the first decade of the twenty-first century, the ratio between GDP and population placed Ireland among the wealthiest nations in the world. The Peace Agreements of the mid-1990s and the advent of power-sharing in Northern Ireland have enabled Ireland’s story to change still further. No longer locked into troubles from the past, the Celtic Tiger can now leap in new directions.
These shifts in culture have given Irish literature the opportunity to look afresh at its own past and, thereby, new perspectives have also opened for Irish Studies. The contributors to this volume explore these new openings; the essays examine writings from both now and the past in the new frames afforded by new times.


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Paddy Lyons and Alison O’Malley-Younger Introduction 9 PART ONE New Territories Tom Herron Learning How to Live: David Park’s The Truth Commissioner 17 José Lanters ‘Nothing Is Ever Arrived At’: Otherness and Representation in Colum McCann’s Zoli 31 Paddy Lyons The Montage of Semblance: Martin McDonagh’s Dramaturgy 47 Willy Maley A Few Shakes of a Bard’s Tale: Some Recent Irish Appropriations of Shakespeare 69 Matt McGuire Northern Irish Poetry in the Twenty-First Century 87 Britta Olinder Art and the Artist in Deirdre Madden’s Fiction 103 caroline magennis Interview with Glenn Patterson 115 Damien Shortt ‘A River Runs Through It’: Irish History in Contemporary Fiction, Dermot Bolger and Roddy Doyle 123 PART TWO New Readings John Coyle Flann O’Brien in the Devil Era: Building Hell in Heaven’s Despite 143 Barry Lewis Joyce’s City of Remembering 157 Caroline Magennis Sexual Dissidents and Queer Space in Northern Irish Fiction 177 Patrick Maume Futures Past: The Science Fiction of Bob Shaw and James White as a Product of Late-Industrial Belfast 193 Claire Nally ‘Protestant Suspicions of Catholic Duplicity’: Religious and Racial Constructs in Le Fanu and Yeats 215 Deirdre O’Byrne ‘One of themselves’: Class Divisions in Eilís Dillon’s Blood Relations and The Bitter Glass 233 Alison O’Malley-Younger ‘Dressing Up In Ascendancy Robes’: The Big House and Brian Friel’s Aristocrats 247 Terry Phillips No Man’s Land: Irish Women Writers of the First World War 265 Notes on Contributors 281 Index of Names and Works 287

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