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The Leaving of Ireland

Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film


John Lynch and Katherina Dodou

The Leaving of Ireland brings together an international group of scholars to reflect critically on the unfolding nature of the experience of Irish cultural identity at a time when Ireland is struggling to adjust to the shattering impacts of globalization and religious scandals of recent decades. Looking back over the last two centuries, the volume considers a range of literary and filmic works that have sought to articulate something of this experience and its multiple locations. The essays revisit crucial constituents of Irish history and self-perception at the micro-level, exploring the representation of individual experiences of migration and identification and the definition of a sense of belonging. They also examine these issues at the macro-level, looking at larger politico-historical transformations, national affiliations and changed social and geographical landscapes. The book is organized around key themes including history, mobility, memory and place and addresses the works of a wide range of authors, including Emily Lawless, Frank McCourt, Sinéad Morrissey, Paul Muldoon, Joseph O’Connor, J.M. Synge and W.B. Yeats.
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CHARLES I. ARMSTRONG is a professor of British literature at the University of Agder. He is a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and has been a visiting scholar at the Irish Studies Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is the author of Reframing Yeats: Genre, Allusion and History (2013), Figures of Memory: Poetry, Space and the Past (2009) and Romantic Organicism: From Idealist Origins to Ambivalent Afterlife (2003). He has also co-edited three essay collections – The Crossings of Art in Ireland (2014), Crisis and Contemporary Poetry (2011) and Postcolonial Dislocations: Travel, History, and the Ironies of Narrative (2006) – and written a number of essays, mainly on Irish and English poetry. He was an invited lecturer at the Yeats International Summer School in 2005, 2011 and 2014.

ROBERT BRAZEAU is Associate Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the co-editor, with Derek Gladwin, of the collection Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce (2014) and has published on a variety of topics in Irish studies. His current research project is a monograph on Joyce, modernity and media.

KATHERINA DODOU is a senior lecturer in English literature at Dalarna University. Her research focuses on contemporary fiction and the understanding of the novel as social discourse. She co-edited a special issue of the Nordic Irish Studies journal, with Dr Billy Gray, on the topic of ‘Cultural Memory and the Remediation of Narratives of Irishness’. She has recently published an...

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