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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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Ex-Pat Pastiche

Ex-Pat Pastiche

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(p.118) 8 Ex-Pat Pastiche
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London Irish Fictions
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317897.010

This chapter examines Cowboys and Indians (1991) by Joseph O'Connor and Ripley Bogle (1989) by Robert McLiam Wilson, in which texts the experience of the Irish migrant in London, rather than being merely parodied, is subjected to a degree of postmodern pastiche not seen before. However, while London's streets provide an arena for the expression of a more individualized, if solipsistic, sense of self beyond questions of national allegiance, personal identity ultimately proves to be something over which O'Connor's and Wilson's protagonists have less control than they might think.

Keywords:   Joseph O'Connor, Robert McLiam Wilson, Irish migrants, personal identity

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