Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film
Edited By John Lynch and Katherina Dodou
The Price of the Prize: The Construction of ‘Irish’ and ‘American’ Subject Positions in Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes
ABSTRACT This chapter examines reactions to Frank McCourt’s memoir Angela’s Ashes. Shifting between the positions of an Irish reader and an American one, the chapter assesses whether what Foucault calls the ‘regime of truth’ in operation is largely an American-inspired one that makes the memoir expressive of certain values of individualism and pluralism that were key reasons for the book achieving such a level of success.
So telling the truth about oneself comes at a price, and the price of that telling is the suspension of a critical relation to the truth regime in which one lives.1
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