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Author McWilliams, Ellen.
Title Women and exile in contemporary Irish fiction / Ellen McWilliams, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Exeter.
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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 Floor4  PR8803 .M39 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 243 pages ; 23 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical reference (pages 214-229) and index.
Contents Women, forms of exile, and diasporic identities -- Outside history: exile and myths of the Irish feminine in Julia O'Faolain's No country for young men and The Irish signorina -- Negotiating with the motherland: exile and the Irish woman writer in Edna O'Brien's The country girls trilogy and The light of evening -- Relative visibility: women, exile, and censorship in John Mcgahern's The leavetaking and amongst women -- Architectures of exile and self-exile in William Trevor's Felicia's journey and The story of Lucy Gault -- The refusenik returnee and reluctant emigrant in Colm Tóibøn's The South and Brooklyn -- Ireland is something that often happens elsewhere: displaced and disrupted histories in Anne Enright's What are you like? and The gathering.
Summary "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."--Publisher's website.
Subject English fiction -- Irish authors -- History and criticism.
Women in literature.
Exiles in literature.
National characteristics, Irish, in literature.
ISBN 9780230285767 hardcover
0230285767 hardcover
Standard # 40022471662
OCLC number 820434183