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Suburbia in Irish Literary and Visual Culture

  • Eoghan SmithEmail author
  • Simon Workman
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Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)

Abstract

Contrary to its popular image, Irish suburbia contains within it an extraordinary number of productive cultures. Tracing this productivity in aesthetic terms demonstrates that many Irish artists have been more attuned to the possibilities, and indeed, necessity, of writing out of and about Irish suburbia than has been recognised. Through consideration of a range of literary and visual artists, this chapter reveals that, both historically and in the contemporary moment, the Irish suburb has been imagined as a space, or spaces, of cultural decay and artistic possibility, social degradation and cultural transformation. In charting this variety of response, the plurality of a hitherto, relatively unexplored aspect of modern Irish cultural production is brought into view; one which is neither rural nor urban, but distinctively itself on its own terms, rich in cultural and creative potentialities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carlow College, St. Patrick’sCarlowIreland

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