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Beyond Ireland

Encounters Across Cultures


Edited By Hedda Friberg-Harnesk, Gerald Porter and Joakim Wrethed

This collection looks beyond Ireland metaphorically as well as geographically, moving beyond nationalism towards the culturally diverse, beyond a bilingual Ireland to a polyvocal one, beyond the imagined community towards a virtual one, beyond a territorial Ireland to an excentric one. The focus is on outsiders, ranging from Colm Tóibín’s subversion of establishment norms to Paul Muldoon’s immersion in Jewish discourse to John Banville’s extensions of the parameters of Irishness to the Lass of Aughrim finding a new role through her exclusion from the domestic hearth. The contributors to the volume work mainly with poetry and prose fiction, but genres such as autobiography, the essay and song lyrics are also represented.
The issues addressed all look ‘beyond Ireland’. In considering the creative frictions and fictions that result from the dissolving of old loyalties, these essays examine contested concepts such as ‘the nation’, and attempt to shed light on global forces that demand cultural re-definitions and transformations. The world order that let loose the Celtic Tiger has brought, together with a diversified Ireland, new forms of dependence. It is one of the main aims of this book to explore how Irish writers have regarded this diversification and contested that dependence.


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Introduction 1 Part I Irish Texts and Foreign Impulse 9 Charles I. Armstrong Drinking Tea, Drawing Ideograms and Making Waves: Pursuing the ‘Japanese Ef fect’ in Irish Poetry 11 Billy Gray ‘Less like marching, more like meditation’: Zen Buddhism, Haiku, and the Theme of Tolerance in the Work of Chris Arthur 31 Åke Persson Recalibrating the Mind: Globalization, Viticulture, Wine-Tasting and Change in Kate O’Riordan’s The Memory Stones 53 Carmen Zamorano Llena Multiculturalism and the Dark Underbelly of the Celtic Tiger: Redefinitions of Irishness in Contemporary Ireland 85 Róisín Keys ‘Why is a gramophone like a parrot?’: Intermediality and (Inter)cultural Identity in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa 101 vi Part II Re-Turning Narration 121 Anne Karhio ‘Immram’, ‘Haggadah’ and the New Jersey Suburb: Jewish and Irish America in Paul Muldoon’s Poetry 123 Martin Shaw Warning Signs and Ref lexivity in Nan Joyce’s Anti-Traveller Protest Story 139 Lene Yding Pedersen Cultural Images and Cross-Cultural Encounters in Colum McCann’s Zoli 159 Part III States of Suspension 179 Ruben Moi ‘Drawn by the colour and light’: Ekphrases and Aesthetics in the Poetics of Derek Mahon 181 Gerald Porter Distant Transformations: The Shifting Topologies of a Diaspora Song 197 Joakim Wrethed ‘Horribly pleasurable transgression’: Metaphor, Theology and Evil in John Banville’s The Book of Evidence 217 vii Part IV Borders and Cross-Cultural Encounters 241 Hedda Friberg-Harnesk Encounters Across Borders in a European Arena: John Banville’s Kepler and Carl-Henning Wijkmark’s Dacapo 243 Britta Olinder Cross-Cultural Encounters and Clashes in John Hewitt’s...

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