Nicoleta Stanca, Exile and (Modern) Irish Writing

Exile and (Modern) Irish Writing
Nicoleta Stanca

Abstract: The  purpose  of  this  article  is  to  discuss  theoretical  approaches  to emigration and exile, especially from the perspective of Irish  critics, and to present the manner in which they have been applied to (modern) Irish writing, such as Joyce‟s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which is considered fundamental in this respect, or in Seamus Heaney‟s poetry. These  theoreticians insist on the existence of a tradition of exile in Irish writing, some  focusing on a tragic sense of Irish expatriation seen as exile and, therefore damaging for the individual, whereas others have insisted on the positive aspects of newness and non-conformity, inclusiveness and expansion experienced by Irish exiles seen as hybrids.

Keywords: exile, emigration, expatriation, hybridity, nationalism, Irish  identity, Irish literature

To cite the article: Nicoleta Stanca, (2012) ,”Exile and (Modern) Irish Writing”,International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication NO. 1 2012, Vol. 1 Iss: 1, pp. 53-67

Nicoleta Stanca is Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters, Ovidius University Constanţa,         where she teaches nineteenth-century Victorian culture, twentieth-century  English  and  Irish literature  and  (American)  popular culture.  She holds a Ph.D. degree from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi.  She has published a book-length study on Seamus Heaney, Duality of Vision in Seamus  Heaney‟s  Writings (2009), and a number of articles on Irish literature and culture  in academic volumes and journals in Romania. She  has  participated  in  national  and  international  conferences.  She  is  a member  of  Ireland-Romania  Network,  of  the Romanian  Association  for American Studies and of the Romanian Society for English and American Studies.

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