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Cultural Perspectives on Globalisation and Ireland


Edited By Eamon Maher

In the space of a few short decades, Ireland has become one of the most globalised societies in the Western world. The full ramifications of this transformation for traditional Irish communities, religious practice, economic activity, as well as literature and the arts, are as yet unknown. What is known is that Ireland’s largely unthinking embrace of globalisation has at times had negative consequences. Unlike some other European countries, Ireland has eagerly and sometimes recklessly grasped the opportunities for material advancement afforded by the global project.
This collection of essays, largely the fruit of two workshops organised under the auspices of the Humanities Institute of Ireland at University College Dublin and the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, explores how globalisation has taken such a firm hold on Irish society and provides a cultural perspective on the phenomenon. The book is divided into two sections. The first examines various manifestations of globalisation in Irish society whereas the second focuses on literary representations of globalisation. The contributors, acknowledged experts in the areas of cultural theory, religion, sociology and literature, offer a panoply of viewpoints of Ireland’s interaction with globalisation.


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Foreword vii Fintan O’Toole Introduction 1 Eamon Maher Part I: Globalisation and Irish Society 1. Inside Out: Time and Place in Global Ireland 11 Michael Cronin 2. The Global Irish Spirit 31 Catherine Maignant 3. In at the Death: The French Press and the Celtic Tiger 53 Grace Neville 4. Negotiating the Self: The Spectral Mobile Subject 67 Eugene O’Brien 5. Globalisation, Vulnerability and the Return to Religion: Reflections from the Irish Experience 93 Peadar Kirby 6. The Global is Personal 113 Tom Inglis Part II: Literary Perspectives on Globalisation and Ireland 7. Contemporary Irish Fiction and the Transnational Imaginary 133 Anne Fogarty 8. ‘Root and Routes’: Home and Away in Friel and Heaney 149 Alison O’Malley-Younger and Tom Herron 9. Irish Theatre and Globalisation: A Faustian Pact? 177 Patrick Lonergan 10. ‘Coming of Age’ (and other Fictions of Globalisation) in Three Novels by Seamus Deane, Roddy Doyle and Patrick McCabe 191 Willy Maley 11. ‘The Universal is the Local without Walls’: John McGahern and the Global Project 211 Eamon Maher Notes on Contributors 233 Index 239

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