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By Nels Pearson

Donald J. Murphy Prize for a uncommon First Book

"Pearson is convincing in arguing that Irish writers frequently straddle the distance among nationwide identification and a feeling of belonging to a bigger, extra cosmopolitan environment."--Choice

"Demonstrat[es]. . .just what it's that makes comparative readings of background, politics, literature, idea, and tradition necessary to the paintings that defines what's most sensible and so much proper approximately scholarship within the humanities today."--Modern Fiction Studies

"[An] admirable ebook . . . Repositions the inventive topic as whatever varied from the biographical Joyce, Bowen, or Beckett, cohering as a sequence of specific aesthetic responses to the drawback of belonging in an Irish context."--James Joyce Broadsheet

"A clever and compelling method of Irish expatriate modernism. . . . an incredible new ebook that would have a long-lasting impression on postcolonial Irish studies."--Breac

"Clearly written, convincingly argued, and transformative."--Nicholas Allen, writer of Modernism, eire and Civil War

"Goes past 'statism' and postnationalism towards a cosmopolitics of Irish transnationalism within which nationwide belonging and nationwide id are completely in transition."--Gregory fortress, writer of The Literary idea Handbook

"Shows how 3 vital Irish writers crafted varieties of cosmopolitan pondering that spring from, and light up, the painful realities of colonialism and anti-colonial struggle."--Marjorie Howes, writer of Colonial Crossings: Figures in Irish Literary History

"Asserting the simultaneity of nationwide and international frames of reference, this illuminating e-book is an engaging and well timed contribution to Irish Modernist Studies."--Geraldine Higgins, writer of Heroic Revivals from Carlyle to Yeats

Looking on the writing of 3 major Irish expatriates, Nels Pearson demanding situations traditional severe traits that view their paintings as both asserting Irish anti-colonial sentiment or embracing overseas id. actually, he argues, those writers continually paintings backward and forward among a feeling of nationwide belonging that continues to be incomplete and ideas of human universality tied to their new international environments. For those and plenty of different Irish writers, nationwide and overseas matters don't clash, yet overlap--and the interaction among them motivates Irish modernism.

According to Pearson, Joyce 's Ulysses strives to articulate the interdependence of an Irish id and a common standpoint; Bowen's exiled, unrooted characters are by no means firmly rooted within the first position; and in Beckett, the unsettled beginning is felt such a lot keenly while it truly is deserted for exile. those writers reveal the displacement felt via many Irish electorate in an ever-changing fatherland unsteadied via lengthy and turbulent decolonization. trying to find a feeling of position among nationwide and worldwide abstractions, their paintings screens a twofold fight to pinpoint nationwide id whereas adapting to a fluid cosmopolitan world.

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