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London Irish FictionsNarrative, Diaspora and Identity$
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Tony Murray

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318313

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317897

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
London Irish Fictions
Liverpool University Press

This chapter demonstrates how the intertextual and intergeneric features of London Irish literature contribute to our understanding of the role of narrative in this process. Narrative both underpins and disrupts diasporic identities across a number of binary oppositions, such as exile and escape; leaving and arriving; staying and going; past and present; and, perhaps most significant of all, memory and imagination. In order to examine how this happens in the literature of the post-war Irish in London, the concepts of ‘diaspora space’ and ‘narrative identity’ are utilized: the former as a paradigm within which to contextualize the analysis of the texts and the latter as a means of interrogating how migrant subjects configure a sense of self.

Keywords:   London Irish literature, post-war Irish, diaspora space, narrative identity, self

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