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Irish Autobiography: Stories of Self in the Narrative of a Nation Claire Lynch

Irish Autobiography: Stories of Self in the Narrative of a Nation

Claire Lynch

Published April 16th 2009
ISBN : 9783039118564
Paperback
231 pages
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 About the Book 

Ireland has passed through numerous identity crises in the last century, keeping the meaning of Irishness in constant flux. This book explores how diverse writers have positioned their life stories within the wider narrative of the nationsMoreIreland has passed through numerous identity crises in the last century, keeping the meaning of Irishness in constant flux. This book explores how diverse writers have positioned their life stories within the wider narrative of the nations development. Examining the wealth of autobiographical texts written by Irish writers in the twentieth century, including W.B. Yeats, Tomas OCrohan, Frank OConnor, Brendan Behan, Frank McCourt and Nuala OFaolain, the study highlights the plurality of Irish identity and the main characteristics which typify the genre of Irish autobiography. In charting the social and cultural history of Ireland through the first-hand accounts of the countrys most celebrated writers, the author also identifies important overlaps between fiction and memory, finds intersections with folklore and the short story, and draws out relationships within and between texts. The book repositions the important and often overlooked genre of Irish autobiography by highlighting its importance within both Irish Studies and the field of Autobiography and by opening up the ways in which lives can be written and read.