National Identities and Imperfections in Contemporary Irish Literature

Unbecoming Irishness

  • Luz Mar González-Arias

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Tiger and Beyond: Political, Social and Literary Fissures

  3. Disruptions of Religion, Family and Marriage

  4. Ex-Centric Bodies and Disquieting Spaces

  5. Stereotypes and the Distortion of Irishness

  6. Unbecoming Irish Literature: The Inside Gaze

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Luz Mar González-Arias
      Pages 221-238
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-248

About this book


This book is about the role that the imperfect, the disquieting and the dystopian are currently playing in the construction of Irish identities. All the essays assess identity issues that require urgent examination, problematize canonical definitions of Irishness and, above all, look at the ways in which the artistic output of the country has been altered by the Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its subsequent demise. Recent narrative from Ireland, principally published in the twenty-first century and/or at the end of the 1990s, is dealt with extensively. The authors examined include Eavan Boland, Mary Rose Callaghan, Peter Cunningham, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, Emer Martin, Lia Mills, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Bernard O’Donoghue, Peter Sirr and David Wheatley.


The Celtic Tiger 21st century Ireland Irish studies Canon Narrative

Editors and affiliations

  • Luz Mar González-Arias
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OviedoOviedoSpain

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