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Chapter Four - Elusive Europes

New Futures, Old Traumas?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 October 2021

Joe Cleary
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Yale University, Connecticut
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The European Union has reshaped Irish society over the past half-century, yet in Irish fiction Europe typically appears as a site of aesthetic discovery or historical trauma rather than as immediate political reality. Contemporary Irish writing belongs more to an Anglo-American than to a European literary sphere, and Irish novels in Europe often ponder the ‘Americanization’ of European and Irish modernity. Aidan Higgins’s Balcony of Europe and Deirdre Madden’s Remembering Light and Stone depict Irish expatriates exploring what it means to live between Europe and the United States. In both narratives, the protagonists are romantically involved with Americans and attached to European landscapes, yet neither émigré finds some sustaining new local or supranational sociopolitical form beyond the nation-state.

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  • Elusive Europes
  • Joe Cleary, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: The Irish Expatriate Novel in Late Capitalist Globalization
  • Online publication: 29 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108985598.005
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  • Elusive Europes
  • Joe Cleary, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: The Irish Expatriate Novel in Late Capitalist Globalization
  • Online publication: 29 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108985598.005
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  • Elusive Europes
  • Joe Cleary, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: The Irish Expatriate Novel in Late Capitalist Globalization
  • Online publication: 29 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108985598.005
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