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Transnational Irish Crime Fiction

  • Brian Cliff
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Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)

Abstract

Drawing on threads from earlier chapters – including supernatural narratives, corruption, and existential uncertainty – this chapter considers the scope of Irish crime fiction against the background of traditional expectations that Irish literature will represent the nation. This chapter examines Irish crime fiction’s transnational aspects through the corporate thrillers of Alan Glynn, the imperial conspiracies of Adrian McKinty, experiences of emigration and immigration, and non-Irish characters and settings. It closes by discussing one of Irish crime fiction’s best-selling authors, John Connolly, whose Charlie Parker novels are set entirely outside of Ireland. The transnational elements of Connolly’s novels, like those in the other novels here, require a reconsideration of what constitutes Irish literature, and provide a new understanding of how that literature intersects with international crime fiction.

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  • Brian Cliff
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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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