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American literature and Irish culture, 1910-55The politics of enchantment$
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Tara Stubbs

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084331

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084331.001.0001

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Cultural and racial (dis)affiliations

Cultural and racial (dis)affiliations

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Cultural and racial (dis)affiliations
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American literature and Irish culture, 1910-55
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Tara Stubbs

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084331.003.0002

A study of American modernism and Irish culture must necessarily begin with a consideration of family. The affiliations and disaffiliations to Ireland experienced by the American writers discussed in this chapter reveal a reading of ‘family’ as literal and metaphorical, as each writer negotiates his relationship with Ireland. Each writer discussed – Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Moore and O’Neill – experiences a nuanced and often troubling relationship with Ireland – thanks to family connections that are sometimes enhanced, and at other times played down, according to complex channels of racial and cultural influence and interference.

Keywords:   F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marianne Moore, John Steinbeck, Eugene O’Neill, family, culture, race

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