"Other People’s Diasporas"
Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish
and Irish-American Culture
"Moynihan is not the first to note the shadow that America’s racial experience casts over Ireland, but she deploys it in original and fascinating ways."—Irish University Review
"One of the most impressive aspects of Moynihan’s overall approach is her repeated warning against recasting Irish experience in terms of American debates of race and immigration....her own close readings of Irish texts are similarly enhanced by an attentiveness to the small print of race and immigration in contemporary Ireland."—the Irish Times
"The book is enriched by a wide-ranging sense of the expressive genres in which such difficult questions are aired—not just fiction (the work of Joseph O’Connor and Roddy Doyle) and drama (selected works of Ronan Noone and Daniel O’Kelly), but also films by Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, and Eugene Brady whose provenance is as much American by way of Hollywood as it is Irish per se."—New Hibernia Review
"A compelling argument about the role of race in contemporary
Irish culture."—Lauren Onkey, author of Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity
Sinéad Moynihan is lecturer in twentieth-century literature at the University
of Exeter. In addition to several book chapters and articles, she is the author
of Passing into the Present.
Book Description »[Hide »]
With the economic rise of the "Celtic Tiger" in the 1990s, Irish
culture was deeply impacted by a concurrent rise in immigration.
A nation tending to see itself as a land of emigrants suddenly saw
waves of newcomers. In this book, Moynihan takes as her central
question a formulation by sociologist Steve Garner: "What happens
when other people’s diasporas converge on the homeland
of diasporic people?" Approaching the question from a cultural
rather than a sociological vantage point, Moynihan delves into
fiction, drama, comedy, and cinema since 1998 to examine the
various representations of and insights into race relations.
"Other People’s Diasporas" draws upon the recent fiction
of Joseph O’Connor, Roddy Doyle, and Emma Donoghue; films
directed by Jim Sheridan and Eugene Brady; drama by Donal
O’Kelly and Ronan Noone; and the comedy of Des Bishop to
present a highly original and engaging exploration of contemporary
Irish discourses on race.
Table of Contents »[Hide »]
1. Crossing the Black and Green Atlantics
2. "Maybe It Was Riverdance"
3. Playing the Race Card
4. Stand(ing) Up for the Immigrants
5. To Hell’s Kitchen and Back
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6 x 9, 264 pages, epilogue, notes, works cited, index