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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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Transit and Transgression

Transit and Transgression

(p.137) 9 Transit and Transgression
London Irish Fictions
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines ‘Going Back’ (1993) by Emma Donoghue and ‘The Swimmer’ (1991) by Sara Berkeley. The protagonists of Donoghue's and Berkeley's short stories are, in many ways, typical of the Ryanair generation, but the chapter shows how the temporary nature of their adopted home in London contributes to a distinct sense of provisionality in the way their diasporic identities are narrativized. Their protagonists have escaped from the social constraints of 1980s Ireland, but have not found their new lives in London entirely satisfactory.

Keywords:   Emma Donoghue, Sara Berkeley, women writers, Ryanair generation, Irish migrants, diaspora, migration, social constraints

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