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Literary visions of multicultural IrelandThe immigrant in contemporary Irish literature$
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Villar-Argáiz Pilar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089282

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089282.001.0001

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‘Goodnight and joy be with you all’: tales of contemporary Dublin city life1

‘Goodnight and joy be with you all’: tales of contemporary Dublin city life1

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Literary visions of multicultural Ireland

Loredana Salis

Manchester University Press

This contribution examines the ways in which contemporary Irish writers, particularly Hugo Hamilton, deliberately recuperate migrant memory in their work in order to visualise cultural hybridity and difference as modes of self-acceptance. The author sets Hamilton's work beside that of his modernist predecessor James Joyce (in particular, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses), in order to compare notions of exile, homesickness, and displacement. Contributions such as this remind us of the relevance of reinterpreting, in the present context of twenty-first century Ireland, canonical texts in order to reveal more fully their multicultural meanings, something that Declan Kiberd has also done at various points in The Irish Writer and the World (2005: 20, 305-7).

Keywords:   Sebastian Barry, Paul Mercier, Dermot Bolger, Racism, Xenophobia, Immigrants

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