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Affecting Irishness

Negotiating Cultural Identity Within and Beyond the Nation

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Edited By James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan and Michael O'Sullivan

This collection of new essays addresses a key debate in Irish studies. While it is important that new research endeavours to accommodate the new and powerful manifestations of Irishness that are evident today in our globalised economy, these considerations are often overlooked. The writers in this book seek to reconcile the established critical perspectives of Irish studies with a forward-looking critical momentum that incorporates the realities of globalisation and economic migration.
The book initiates this vital discussion by bringing together a series of provocative and thoughtful essays, from both renowned and rising international scholars, on the vicissitudes of cultural identity in a post-modern, post-colonial and post-national Ireland. By including work by leading scholars in the fields of film studies, migration and Diaspora studies, travel literature and gender studies, this collection offers a thorough twenty-first-century interrogation of Irishness and provides a timely fusion of international perspectives on Irish cultural identity.

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Acknowledgements Affecting Irishness would not have come into being were it not for the gra- cious assistance of many people and organisations. Our greatest thanks as editors goes to the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, for the considerable funding offered to this project by way of a generous subvention. Conceived in the wake of a major international conference in Irish and American Studies, we are very grateful to the University of Dublin, Trinity College, for hosting this event. In particular, we would like to thank Professor Stephen Matterson, Diane and all the faculty of the School of English for their help and support during the conference itself. We also would like to thank Professor Mike Cronin and the staff of Boston College- Ireland, Dublin, and the inter-library loan staff of the Nagoya University of Commerce and Business. Finally, we wish to sincerely thank those close to us for their continued and unfailing support.

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