Irish Writing London: Volume 2 - Post-War to the Present (Bloomsbury Studies in the City)
By: Tom Herron (editor)Paperback
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The presence of Irish writers is almost invisible in literary studies of London. The Irish Writing London redresses the critical deficit. A range of experts on particular Irish writers reflect on the diverse experiences and impact this immigrant group has had on the city. Such sustained attention to a location and concern of Irish writing, long passed over, opens up new terrain to not only reveal but create a history of Irish-London writing. Alongside discussions of MacNeice, Boland and McGahern, the autobiography of Brendan Behan and identity of Irish-language writers in London is considered. Written by an internal array of scholars, these new essays on key figures challenge the deep-seated stereotype of what constitutes the proper domain of Irish writing, producing a study that is both culturally and critically alert and a dynamic contribution to literary criticism of the city.
Tom Herron is Senior Lecturer in English and Irish Literature at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
Introduction: The London-Irish - Insiders/Outsiders, Tom Herron \ Notes on Contributors \ Timeline \ 1. Gaelic London and London Gaels in Donall MacAmhlaigh's An Irish Navvy, Jean-Philippe Hentz \ 2. Borstal Boys and Cockney Chinas, Claire Lynch \ 3. What she lost and how: Eavan Boland's London childhood, Lucy Collins \ 4. Aliens: London in Irish women's writing, Heather Ingman \ 5. Netherworld: London in John McGahern's Fiction Grace Tighe Ledwidge \ 6. Displaced diasporas: From Deoraiocht to Kings, Eadaoin Ni Mhuircheartaigh \ 7. Persistence of memory: an exegesis of exile in I Could Read the Sky, Thomas O'Grady \ 8. Troubled Tales: Short Stories about the Irish in 1970s London, Tony Murray \ 9. Going Transmetropolitan in the County Hell: Shane MacGowan's Early London Lyrics, J. Greg Matthews \ Bibliography \ Index
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