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Description - Deconstructing Ireland by Colin Graham

"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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748609758
ISBN-10: 074860975X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colin Graham

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

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