Dublin and Its Suburbs: The Sum of Its Parts?

  • Michael CroninEmail author
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


This chapter offers an incisive model of theorising suburban literary cultural forms, specifically in relation to Dublin. Considering works by artists of suburbia such as James Joyce, Roddy Doyle, Paul Howard, and John Banville (among others), the chapter explores the suburbs in four different ways: as metonymic spaces (as opposed to metaphorical) that express the geospatial complexity of Dublin in contemporary writing and which ‘provide anchor points of identification’ in a fragmented city; as culturally rich spaces that can be illuminated through ‘microspection’; as places of multifarious intralingual subtleties that belie simplistic understandings of language-use; and historically as fertile places where ‘new forms of relationships were being tested’ and ‘where new kinds of affinities were possible’ that have given rise to a more liberal and tolerant Ireland.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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