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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
  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
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  • isbn: 9780511032813

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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.

    • 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 Said

    "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

    Part I:
    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
    Part II:
    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.

  • Author

    Joe Cleary, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    Joe Cleary is Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth where he teaches Colonial and Postcolonial Literature, Literary Theory, and Renaissance Drama. He has published widely on Irish literature and film and on contemporary political and cultural theory in books and journals such as The South Atlantic Quarterly and Textual Practice.

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