Citizens of Nowhere: longing, belonging and exile among Irish Protestant writers in Britain, c.1830–1970

Reid, Colin (2016) Citizens of Nowhere: longing, belonging and exile among Irish Protestant writers in Britain, c.1830–1970. Irish Studies Review, 24 (3). pp. 255-274. ISSN 0967-0882

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Since the 1970s, the literature on the history of the worldwide Irish diaspora has become increasingly sophisticated, with scholars employing a range of innovative techniques to capture aspects of the migratory experience. Many challenges remain, however, in charting the multifaceted experiences of the Irish in Britain. This article makes the case for a cultural study of Irish Protestants in Britain. It examines the contours of the Irish Protestant migratory mind-set, focusing on the writings of a number of creative émigrés, temporary and permanent, such as W.B. Yeats, Denis Ireland, Nesca Robb, and John Hewitt. Of particular relevance are articulations of longing, belonging and exile, which shaped the literary perspective of these writers, and complicated their relationships with Ireland and Britain. Attitudes regarding emigration within Protestant Ireland are also probed to tease out cross-channel ideals and fears.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irish Protestantism, diaspora, migration, identity, exile literature
Subjects: Q300 English studies
V100 History by period
V200 History by area
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 14:50
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 12:57

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