Post-Agreement Northern Irish Literature

Lost in a Liminal Space?

  • Birte Heidemann

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About this book


This book uncovers a new genre of ‘post-Agreement literature’, consisting of a body of texts – fiction, poetry and drama – by Northern Irish writers who were born during the Troubles but published their work in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement. In an attempt to demarcate the literary-aesthetic parameters of the genre, the book proposes a selective revision of postcolonial theories on ‘liminality’ through a subset of concepts such as ‘negative liminality’, ‘liminal suspension’ and ‘liminal permanence.’ These conceptual interventions, as the readings demonstrate, help articulate how the Agreement’s rhetorical negation of the sectarian past and its aggressive neoliberal campaign towards a ‘progressive’ future breed new forms of violence that produce liminally suspended subject positions. 


Good Friday Agreement Postcolonial theory The Troubles Liminality Glenn Patterson Sinéad Morrissey Homi Bhabha Daragh Carville Jacques Derrida Emmanuel Levinas Post-conflict literature Peace Process Post-1988 Northern Ireland Postcolonial Ireland

Authors and affiliations

  • Birte Heidemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Postdoctoral ResearcherUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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