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Beyond Ireland

Encounters Across Cultures

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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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Notes on Contributors charles i. armstrong is Professor of British Literature at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has previously published Figures of Memory: Poetry, Space and the Past (2009) and Romantic Organicism: From Idealist Origins to Ambivalent Afterlife (2003). He is co-editor of the collection of essays Crisis and Contemporary Poetry (2010). hedda friberg-harnesk is Associate Professor at Mid Sweden University, Härnösand, Sweden. Within the field of Irish Studies, her primary research interest is the fiction of John Banville. Her recent work includes the co-editorship of the essay collection Recovering Memory: Irish Representations of Past and Present (2007). Forthcoming are two contribu- tions to The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Fiction (2010); ‘In the Sign of the Counterfeit: John Banville’s God’s Gift’ (Nordic Irish Studies, 2010); and a chapter in the collection Literary Cities, Literary Circles in Europe (University of Bologna, forthcoming 2011). billy gray is Senior Lecturer at Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies, Falun, Sweden. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the inf luence of Sufism on the work of Doris Lessing and has published articles in inter- national journals on – amongst others – Hubert Butler, Patrick McCabe, Gary Mitchell and Chris Arthur. His current research interests include a project entitled ‘Literary Representations of Ageing and Aspects of Identity in Northern Irish Protestant Autobiography’ and the writings of Conor Cruise O’Brien. anne karhio holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the Institute for Arts Research, University of Helsinki, Finland. She is a Lady Gregory...

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