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.
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