Deconstructing Ireland

Deconstructing Ireland : Identity, Theory, Culture

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"Deconstructing Ireland" examines the course by which the history of modernity and colonialism has constructed an idea of "Ireland", produced more often as a citation than an actuality. The author's approach - using Derridean deconstruction in alliance with positions in postcolonial and subaltern studies - illuminates the way in which this concept of the nation plays across discourses of authenticity, fiction and fantasy in a fascinating range of material. Successive chapters examine the utopian musings of Ignatius Donnelly, John Mitchel and Sean Hillen; the continuing reinvention of Irish criticism; the relation of the figure of the intellectual-artist and the "people" in James Joyce; the tension between postcolonialism and nationalism in the Field Day project and the political thought of John Hume and Richard Kearney; the relation of gender and nation in stories by Gerry Adams and Frank Delaney; the complex appeal to authenticity in political philosophy, tourism and advertising; and the resonant cultural meanings of "Irish" ephemera and kitsch.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 154.9 x 246.4 x 16.5mm | 430.92g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074860975X
  • 9780748609758

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"[A] compelling look at recent constructions of an authentic Ireland... [Graham's] readings are fresh and exciting, applying postcolonial theory widely and helpfully, and the text as a whole is informative and, at many points, entertaining." -- Kelli Maloy, "College Literature" "�A� compelling look at recent constructions of an authentic Ireland... �Graham's� readings are fresh and exciting, applying postcolonial theory widely and helpfully, and the text as a whole is informative and, at many points, entertaining." -- Kelli Maloy, "College Literature" "[A] compelling look at recent constructions of an authentic Ireland... [Graham's] readings are fresh and exciting, applying postcolonial theory widely and helpfully, and the text as a whole is informative and, at many points, entertaining." -- Kelli Maloy, College Literature "[A] compelling look at recent constructions of an authentic Ireland... [Graham's] readings are fresh and exciting, applying postcolonial theory widely and helpfully, and the text as a whole is informative and, at many points, entertaining." -- Kelli Maloy, "College Literature"
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About Colin Graham

Colin Graham is lecturer in the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast.
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