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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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Departures and Returns

Departures and Returns

(p.86) 6 Departures and Returns
London Irish Fictions
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how the subject of migration is treated in three novels by John McGahern: The Barracks (1963), Amongst Women (1990), and That They Face the Rising Sun (2002). In particular, it shows how the treatment of diasporic relationships and attachments in these novels helps to illuminate the ways in which migration impacted on Irish people in the middle years of the century in a psychological as well as socio-economic way.

Keywords:   migration, John McGahern, diaspora, Irish people

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