Ireland and Postcolonial Theory

Ireland and Postcolonial Theory

  • Edited by Clare Carroll, Patricia King

  • 256 pages, 6.14 x 9.21

  • Paperback | 9780268022877 | September 2003

  • Hardcover | 9780268022860 | January 2022


This timely volume is a collection of essays by accomplished scholars who convincingly argue for the relevance of postcolonial theory in Ireland. Ireland and Postcolonial Theory fuses scholarship, politics, and culture, generating a forceful and radical critique of the legacy of colonialism in the history of Irish culture, while insisting that the consequences of colonialism continue to play themselves out in complex ways.

The first two essays focus on debates over how theories developed to explain the emergence of cultures, how colonialism relates to Ireland, and how Irish Studies has influenced the development of postcolonial critique internationally. Subsequent essays apply postcolonial perspectives to Irish cultural history, exploring such topics as the effect of the famine on Irish politics, and interactions between Ireland and India.

Contributors: Clare Carroll, Joe Cleary, David Lloyd, Luke Gibbons, Kevin Whelan, Seamus Deane, Amitav Ghosh, Joseph Lennon, Gauri Viswanathan, and Edward Said