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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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Contributors JOHN COYLE is Head of the Department of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His interests include modernist and postmodern- ist literature and culture from an international perspective, specifically, Anglophone responses to Proust. He has published on a range of writers from John Ruskin to Don DeLillo. TOM HERRON is Lecturer in English and Irish Literature in the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the co-author (with John Lynch) of After Bloody Sunday: Representation, Ethics, Justice. His collection of poetry, The Harrowing of the Heart (co-edited with Julieann Campbell) was launched in Derry’s Guildhall on 30 January 2008 to mark the thirty-sixth anniversary of Bloody Sunday. JOSÉ LANTERS is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where she also serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Celtic Studies, and on the editorial board of the electronic interdisci- plinary journal e-Keltoi. Her numerous publications in the field of Irish lit- erature and culture include Unauthorized Versions: Irish Menippean Satire, 1919–1952 and The ‘Tinkers’ in Irish Literature: Unsettled Subjects and the Construction of Difference. She is currently president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. BARRY LEWIS took his BA in English and Philosophy at King’s College, Cambridge, and his doctorate in postmodernist American fiction at the University of Sunderland. He is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, and he also has held posts at the University of Newcastle, the University of Trondheim, and at Stavanger College, Norway. He is...

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