Re-Mapping Exile: Realities and Metaphors in Irish by Michael Boss, Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Britta Olinder

By Michael Boss, Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Britta Olinder

The essays during this assortment mix old, cultural, and literary analyses of their therapy of features of exile in Irish writing. a few are 'structuralist' in seeing exile as a actual country of being, usually linked to absence, into which anyone willingly or unwillingly enters. Others are 'poststructuralist', contemplating the narration of exile as a party of transgressiveness, hybridity, and otherness. this sort of exile strikes clear of a political, cultural, fiscal suggestion of exile to an realizing of exile in a much wider existential feel. the quantity provides readings of Irish literature, background and tradition that mirror a few of the old, sociological, mental and philosophical dimensions of exile within the 1800s and 1900s. The subject matter of exile is mentioned in a variety of texts together with literature, political writings and song-writing, both in works of Irish writers no longer typically linked to exile, or during which new facets of 'exile' might be discerned. The essays disguise, between others: Butler, D'Arcy McGee, Mulholland, Joyce, Hewitt, Van Morrison, Ni Chuilleanain, Doyle, and Banville.

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It would be well for all outsiders who would understand Ireland and its tragic history, or indeed any phase of it, to keep before them the fact that the Ascendancy mind is not the same thing as the English mind. Daniel Corkery, The Hidden Ireland. It is widely accepted that the work of Hubert Butler has not received the critical attention it deserves. This neglect can partly be explained by the fact that the original appearance of his writings was confined almost exclusively to Irish periodicals, many of them obscure, and also to the avowedly eclectic nature of his interests; Butler was a literary, political, archaeological, topographical and historical essayist.

Hence, the circle and the centre are recurrent symbols, and such symbols are not only applicable to individual destinies or private perceptions of existence, but also to entire cultures: The cultural entity may perhaps be conceivable in spherical images, but the political disruptions of a national culture also provoke, besides expulsion, maneuvers like mutual exclusion, the building of walls, and amputation. The reader must be alert to the rectangular and cellular forms of enclosure/exclusion […].

Still other strategies in literary texts record the spatial indices of disorientation, irreconcilability, 32 Böss, Nordin and Olinder and ambivalent allegiances. If exile reveals “centripetal” tendencies nurtured by nationalism, it is a motion at the level of feeling rather than culture. The cultural implications of spatiality also include circumstances which generate a centrifugal force permitting resolution of the exilic vacuum on both sides of the territorial divide. […] The imaginative writer who ceases to share the experiences of the people he left behind finds himself removed from a solid mass.

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