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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.187) 12 Conclusion
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London Irish Fictions
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317897.015

This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author. The novels, short stories, and auto/biographical texts examined in this book reveal how identities are configured over time as well as space. In other words, they tell us not just how individuals conceive of their identities in a given moment and place, but how those identities evolve according to changing locations, aspirations, and reflections. The texts also demonstrate that the experience of capturing diaspora through language is anything but a straightforward enterprise, shifting back and forth along a continuum of fact and fiction according to the deceptively simple practice of telling a story.

Keywords:   Irish migrants, migration, diaspora, fact, fiction

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