Anomalous States: Irish Writing and the Post-Colonial Moment

Anomalous States: Irish Writing and the Post-Colonial Moment

by David Lloyd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822313448

ISBN-13: 9780822313441

Pub. Date: 04/23/1993

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Anomalous States is an archaeology of modern Irish writing. David Lloyd commences with recent questioning of Irish identity in the wake of the northern conflict and returns to the complex terrain of nineteenth-century culture in which those questions of identity were first formed. In five linked essays, he explores modern Irish literature and its political contexts…  See more details below

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Anomalous States is an archaeology of modern Irish writing. David Lloyd commences with recent questioning of Irish identity in the wake of the northern conflict and returns to the complex terrain of nineteenth-century culture in which those questions of identity were first formed. In five linked essays, he explores modern Irish literature and its political contexts through the work of four Irish writers - Heaney, Beckett, Yeats, and Joyce. Beginning with Heaney and Beckett, Lloyd shows how in these authors the question of identity connects with the dominance of conservative cultural nationalism and argues for the need to understand Irish culture in relation to the wider experience of colonized societies. A central essay reads Yeats's later works as a profound questioning of the founding of the state. Final essays examine the gradual formation of the state and nation's one element in a cultural process that involves conflict between popular cultural forms and emerging political economies of nationalism and the colonial state. Modern Ireland is thus seen as the product of a continuing process in which, Lloyd argues, the passage to national independence that defines Ireland's post-colonial status is no more that a moment in its continuing history. Anomalous States stands at the intersection of two strands of debate: that of culture and politics in contemporary Ireland and that of post-colonialism and cultural politics, for which Irish history furnishes an invaluable example.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822313441
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/23/1993
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1710L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
'Pap for the dispossessed': Seamus Heaney and the Poetics of Identity13
Writing in the Shit: Beckett, Nationalism and the Colonial Subject41
The Poetics of Politics: Yeats and the Founding of the State59
Adulteration and the Nation88
Violence and the Constitution of the Novel125
Bibliography163
Index169

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