By Tony Murray
This is often the 1st ebook concerning the literature of the Irish in London. by way of analyzing over 30 novels, brief tales and autobiographies set in London because the moment international struggle, London Irish Fictions investigates the advanced mental landscapes of belonging and cultural allegiance present in those designated and very own views at the Irish event of migration. in addition to bringing new learn to undergo at the paintings of verified Irish writers reminiscent of Edna O'Brien, John McGahern, Emma Donoghue and Joseph O'Connor, this examine unearths a desirable and hitherto unexplored literature, various in shape and content material.
By synthesising theories of narrative and diaspora right into a new methodological method of the learn of migration, London Irish Fictions sheds new mild at the ways that migrant identities are negotiated, mediated and represented via literature. It additionally examines the explicit function that the city performs in literary portrayals of migrant event as an area for the functionality of Irishness, as a catalyst in adjustments of Irishness and as an intrinsic part of second-generation Irish identities. moreover, by way of analysing the significant position of narrative in configuring migrant cultures and identities, it reassesses notions of exile, get away and go back in Irish tradition extra ordinarily. during this regard, it has specific relevance to present debates on migration and multiculturalism in either Britain and eire, specifically within the wake of an rising new part of Irish migration within the post-'Celtic Tiger' period.
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Robb, An Ulsterwoman in England 1924–1941 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1942). Eamonn Hughes, ‘“Lancelot’s Position”: The Fiction of Irish-Britain’, in A. ), Other Britain, Other British: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction (London: Pluto Press, 1995), p. 142. While religion has tended to dominate the ways in which people of Irish descent configure their identities in Scotland, some literature indicates that the issues and concerns of the second-generation Irish north of the border are often similar to those highlighted by their peers in England.
Delaney, The Irish in Post-War Britain, p. 171. Donall Mac Amhlaigh, An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile, trans. Valentin Iremonger (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1964), p. 28. Delaney, The Irish in Post-War Britain, p. 175. 1 Many of the interviewees in the programme had spent the best part of their working lives on the building sites of England, but due to major changes in the construction industry over the previous twenty years and the financially insecure nature of their employment, such men were now living out their final days in extremely impoverished conditions in the very towns and cities they helped rebuild after the Second World War.
See, for instance, Dion Boucicault, The Shaughraun (1874). See W. B. Yeats, ‘John Sherman’, in John Sherman and Dhoya (London: Fisher Unwin, 1891); George Moore, The Lake (London: William Heinemann, 1905); Pádraic Ó Conaire, Deoraíocht (Baile Átha Cliath: Conradh na Gaeilge, 1910). For lesser known examples of such writings (perhaps because they were written by women), see Elizabeth Owens Blackburne, Molly Carew (London: Tinsley Bros, 1879); Charlotte Riddel, ‘The Banshee’s Warning’, in The Banshee’s Warning and Other Tales (London: MacQueen, 1903); Ella D’Arcy, Monochromes (London: John Lane, 1895).