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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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White Irish-born male playwrights and the immigrant experience onstage

White Irish-born male playwrights and the immigrant experience onstage

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Literary visions of multicultural Ireland

Charlotte McIvor

Manchester University Press

In its detailed assessment of the presence of white Irish-born playwrights in the development of community arts in Ireland, this chapter suggests the problematics involved in negotiating the authors’ whiteness in relation to the minority communities in Ireland. Irish-born playwrights such as Donal O'Kelly, Declan Gorman, and Charlie O'Neill must confront the ethical question of how to speak convincingly on issues concerning migration and racism, as individuals belonging to the privileged ‘white’ and ‘native’ majority of Ireland. As the author implies, they manage to avoid the pitfalls involved in such a task by infusing their work with a political activism which is built on previous paradigms of social and community engagement. Furthermore, community arts work fosters genuine interculturality through the cooperation and interaction on stage of ethnically diverse individuals.

Keywords:   Donal O'Kelly, Declan Gorman, Charlie O'Neill, Irish-born playwrights, Community arts work, Interculturality, Immigration

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