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Culture, criticism, theory since 1990

lived on the island had both an Irish and an international dimension’.6 The conventional oppositions of east–west and north–south that have shaped modern Irish culture must also now be re-thought in global terms. The new routes of exchange are not just between Ireland and Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic, Ireland and America, but also between Ireland and an eastward-leaning Europe, and between Ireland and the developing world. As we shall see, it is the case that contemporary Ireland has more people – returning natives, tourists, migrant workers, asylum

in Irish literature since 1990
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Postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame

:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Job Stories of women Before commenting in more detail on their significant continuation of the national within the transnational, I will first look more closely at questions of self-representation, location in space and interrelationship as interpreted by these two writers. I will comment on Vera’s second and fifth novels, Without a Name (1994) and The Stone Virgins, prominent in her oeuvre for their vivid spatialisation of women’s experience. By contrast, her first novel Nehanda (1993) offers a mythopoeic (and explicitly unlocalised) rendition of the

in Stories of women
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Ezra Pound

attempt to arrive at a sense of himself as poet through Distributing: Ezra Pound 83 the adoption of others’ style and modes. Or as he put it in his 1929 postscript to the preface on the republication of The Spirit of Romance: The detached critic may, I hope, find ... some signs of coherence, some proof that I started with a definite intention, and that what has up to now appeared an aimless picking up of tidbits has been governed by a plan which became clearer and more definite as I proceeded.5 What this retrospective theorizing should not be taken to imply is that

in Enthusiast!
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Imitation of Spenserian satire

14/10/2016 15:36 After the Bishops’ Ban 151 Drayton’s poem connects James to the royal line of Scotland by referring to James V: “The fifth of that Name, Scotlands lawfull King, / Father to Mary (long in England seene) / The Daulphins dowager, the late Scottish Queene” and helpfully notes in the margin that Mary was “Maried whilst he was Daulphin,” referring to her marriage to James Hepburn, Fourth Earl of Bothwell, the presumed murderer of her second husband (and James’s father), Lord Darnley (lines 100–2). Of course the reason Mary was “long in England seene

in Spenserian satire