London Irish Fictions: Narrative, Diaspora and Identity by Tony Murray

By Tony Murray

This is often the 1st booklet in regards to the literature of the Irish in London. via analyzing over 30 novels, brief tales and autobiographies set in London because the moment global struggle, London Irish Fictions investigates the advanced mental landscapes of belonging and cultural allegiance present in those particular and very own views at the Irish adventure of migration. in addition to bringing new study to undergo at the paintings of tested Irish writers comparable to Edna O'Brien, John McGahern, Emma Donoghue and Joseph O'Connor, this learn unearths a desirable and hitherto unexplored literature, assorted in shape and content material.

By synthesising theories of narrative and diaspora right into a new methodological method of the examine of migration, London Irish Fictions sheds new gentle at the ways that migrant identities are negotiated, mediated and represented via literature. It additionally examines the explicit position that the city performs in literary portrayals of migrant event as an enviornment for the functionality of Irishness, as a catalyst in modifications of Irishness and as an intrinsic portion of second-generation Irish identities. additionally, by way of analysing the critical position of narrative in configuring migrant cultures and identities, it reassesses notions of exile, break out and go back in Irish tradition extra regularly. during this regard, it has specific relevance to present debates on migration and multiculturalism in either Britain and eire, in particular within the wake of an rising new section of Irish migration within the post-'Celtic Tiger' era.

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47 Paul John Eakin, How Our Lives Become Stories (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999), pp. 93–94. 48 Paul Ricoeur, Oneself as Another, trans. Kathleen Blamey (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992), pp. 147–48. 49 Paul Ricoeur, ‘Life in Quest of Narrative’, in David C. ), On Paul Ricoeur: 19 London Irish Fictions Narrative and Interpretation (London: Routledge, 1991), p. 29. 50 As explained in an introduction to Ricoeur’s work. See Richard Kearney, Modern Movements in European Philosophy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986), p.

This has been especially so given the highly charged debates surrounding questions of race and colour over this period. However, it is important 28 The Irish in London to recognise that this did not automatically mean that the Irish were no longer subject to racialization and discrimination during the post-war era. 46 Theories of racism in Britain, predicated on differences of colour, have tended to obscure the incidence of discrimination directed against white minority ethnic groups such as the Irish and the Jews.

Giles Rookery’, Camden History Review 12 (1984), p. 20. Whitefriars was the district at the junction of Fleet Street and Fetter Lane, named after the medieval priory which stood on this site. Number 4 Ram Alley (known today as Hare Place) was home in 1787–88 to Theobald Wolfe Tone, who lived here while studying law nearby at the Middle Temple. The latter was home to numerous Irish men of letters, including Richard Sheridan, Oliver Goldsmith and Thomas Moore. F. Foster, Paddy and Mr. Punch: Connections in English and Irish History (London: Allen Lane, 1993), p.

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