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Chapter Two - Between Byzantium and Beijing

Asia from the Celtic to the American Twilight

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 October 2021

Joe Cleary
Affiliation:
Yale University, Connecticut
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Chapter 2 surveys some different ways in which Asia features in the Irish literary imagination from Lafcadio Hearn and W. B. Yeats to the present. Ronan Sheehan’s Foley’s Asia, dealing with a celebrated nineteenth-century Irish sculptor of imperial monuments, and Naoise Dolan’s Exciting Times, set in Hong Kong against the backdrop of a ‘rising China’, are its contemporary examples. In early twentieth-century writing, Asia represented an exotic non-modern alternative to Western modernity. Later, it served as a backdrop to the fall of the British Empire. More recently, it suggests a strange new hyper-modernity with which the West will have to catch up. In all versions, Asia is conceived somewhere between the exotic and apocalyptic, a world at once tantalizing and threatening.

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  • Between Byzantium and Beijing
  • Joe Cleary, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: The Irish Expatriate Novel in Late Capitalist Globalization
  • Online publication: 29 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108985598.003
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  • Between Byzantium and Beijing
  • Joe Cleary, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: The Irish Expatriate Novel in Late Capitalist Globalization
  • Online publication: 29 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108985598.003
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  • Between Byzantium and Beijing
  • Joe Cleary, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: The Irish Expatriate Novel in Late Capitalist Globalization
  • Online publication: 29 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108985598.003
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