Women And Exile In Contemporary Irish Fiction

Hardcover | April 11, 2013

byEllen Mcwilliams

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Women and Exile in Contemporary Irish Fiction examines the representation of the Irish woman migrant and ideas of exile in the contemporary Irish novel. Women have frequently been overlooked or made to serve an emblematic or symbolic function in the portrayal of exile in Irish writing, but more recent treatments of exile and emigration show a keen interest in reclaiming the history of the Irish woman emigrant and in explicitly addressing this lacuna. The book surveys how the Irish woman emigrant is imagined from the early twentieth century to the present day, and explores how six Irish authors - Julia O'Faolain, Edna O'Brien, Anne Enright, John McGahern, William Trevor and Colm Tóibín - have contributed to the recovery of the story of the woman migrant. Particular emphasis is given to how these writers offer complex representations of women in relation to the Irish emigrant experience and respond to a range of different meanings of exile and emigration in an Irish context.

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Women and Exile in Contemporary Irish Fiction examines the representation of the Irish woman migrant and ideas of exile in the contemporary Irish novel. Women have frequently been overlooked or made to serve an emblematic or symbolic function in the portrayal of exile in Irish writing, but more recent treatments of exile and emigration...

Ellen McWilliams is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Exeter, UK. She is the author of Margaret Atwood and the Female Bildungsroman (2009) and has received a number of awards for research, including an Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2011) and a Fulbright Scholar Award (2012).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.66 × 5.63 × 0.8 inPublished:April 11, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230285767

ISBN - 13:9780230285767

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction 
2. Women, Forms of Exile, and Diasporic Identities 
3. 'Outside History': Exile and Myths of the Irish Feminine in Julia O'Faolain's No Country for Young Men and The Irish Signorina 
4. Negotiating with the Motherland: Exile and the Irish Woman Writer in Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls Trilogy and The Light of Evening 
5. Relative Visibility: Women, Exile, and Censorship in John McGahern's The Leavetaking and Amongst Women 
6. Architectures of Exile and Self-Exile in William Trevor's Felicia's Journey and The Story of Lucy Gault 
7. The Refusenik Returnee and Reluctant Emigrant in Colm Tóibín's The South and Brooklyn 
8. 'Ireland is Something That Often Happens Elsewhere': Displaced and Disrupted Histories in Anne Enright's What Are You Like? and The Gathering
Afterword
Bibliography
Index

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"Women and Exile in Contemporary Irish Fiction is a concise and lucid treatment of a still neglected aspect of Irish literature. It conveys sometimes quite complex ideas in a coherent and clearly sign-posted way for readers new to the subject. Another of the book's many strengths is the way in which it doesn't just focus on the obvious texts of Irish women's migration but comes at the subject from a more oblique and critically rewarding angle and by doing so provides new and enriching perspectives. In particular, it demonstrates how representations of Irish women migrants' identities are enmeshed within complex discourses of paternalism and exclusion that permeate Irish literature more generally. I also liked the way in which novelists' non-fiction work is used, wherever possible, to contribute to the book's overall analysis. Other strengths are the excellent literature reviews throughout and the way in which the analysis is contextualized within not just Irish but English literary traditions. A timely and valuable contribution to Irish Studies on both sides of the Atlantic." - Tony Murray, Director of the Irish Studies Centre and Curator of the Irish in Britain Archive at London Metropolitan University, UK.