Literature, Partition and the Nation-State
Culture and Conflict in Ireland, Israel and Palestine
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- Author: Joe Cleary, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
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This study offers an extended study of the social and cultural legacies of state division in Ireland and Palestine. Focusing on the period since the 1960s, when the original partition settlements in each region were challenged by Irish and Palestinian nationalists, Joe Cleary's book contains individual chapters on nationalism and self-determination; on the construction of national literatures in the wake of state division; and on influential Irish, Israeli and Palestinian writers, film-makers and public intellectuals.Read more
- The first book to offer an interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the cultural politics of partition in Ireland and Israel/Palestine
- Offers a sustained cultural analysis which compares modern Irish literature to other non-European 'postcolonial' literatures
- Will be of interest to a wide range of academics: postcolonial, literary and cultural studies scholars, as well as historians and literary theorists
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"Stylish and elegant. Cleary's book offers innovative and compelling analysis of the political, cultural and intellectual struggles that have issued from the colonial partitions of Ireland and Palestine. Working in the best traditions of postcolonial scholarship, Cleary locates the political and cultural struggles in Ireland and Palestine in a wide and mutually illuminating comparative context without scanting the specificity of individual situations. A remarkably powerful and original piece of work, this book will undoubtedly be read widely, and is sure to contribute to the growing scholarly interest in the problematic legacies of partition." Edward SaidSee more reviews
"This book is strikingly original. It compares the effects of different partitions--in Ireland, Palestine and Germany--as they exhibit themselves in literature especially. Joe Cleary restores to literary analysis cultural and political dimensions that it had lost. This is a groundbreaking book by a remarkably gifted and powerful writer. It should be read by anyone interested in politics, history or literature and their interrelations." Semus Deane
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- Date Published: January 2005
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511032813
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Ireland, Palestine and the antinomies of self-determination in the 'Badlands of Modernity'
2. Estranged states: national literatures, modernity and tradition, and the elaboration of partitionist identities
3. 'Forked-Tongued on the Border Pitt': partition and the politics of form in contemporary narratives of the Northern Irish conflict
4. Agonies of the potentates: journeys to the frontier in the novels of Amos Oz
5. The meaning of disaster: the novel and the stateless nation in Ghassan Kanafani's Men in the Sun.
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