Negotiating Cultural Identity Within and Beyond the Nation
Edited By James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan and Michael O'Sullivan
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.
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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