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.
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