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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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Postcolonial Ireland in McCarthy’s Bar by Pete McCarthy (Oksana Weretiuk)

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Oksana Weretiuk

Postcolonial Ireland in McCarthy’s Bar by Pete McCarthy

Abstract: The following essay examines the way in which McCarthy’s Bar. A Journey of Discovery in Ireland (1998) by Pete McCarthy might be located in a paradigm of postcolonial studies. It focuses on a postcolonial interpretation of McCarthy’s perception of Ireland, Irishness, and Irish history during the author’s two journeys from the south to the north-west of the Green Isle.

Key words: Ireland, Irish history, travel books, British colonies, postcolonial studies.

1.   Ireland in the context of postcolonial studies

Before considering Ireland as a post-colonial country it is necessary to perceive it as a colonial country. Ireland did not immediately become a subject of colonial studies. Armin Mohler, a Swiss-born far right political writer and philosopher, in 1989, directly called Ireland “the first British colony”, “the ‘white’ colony”. Based on Ken Livingston’s televised address in Dublin in 1983 he wrote indignantly:

Today it is allowed to believe that the admirable world of English castles and gardens, the opulence of English architecture and magnificent museums is a fruit of the British colonial empire. However, it is still “shocking” to consider the “white” colony of Ireland a part of that empire; a colony which until the nineteenth century was being exploited economically and which, in the twentieth century, achieved independence through gory uprisings. (Mohler 1995)1

A dozen or so years later, identifying Ireland...

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