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Sara Dybris McQuaid

Speaking of Silence: Comments from an Irish Studies Perspective

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This paper will discuss how silence continues to prove a forbearing presence in literary, historical, cultural and political discourse in Ireland, North and South. It will suggest that not only does Ireland prove a useful topic for understanding the many implications of silence, it will further argue that silence in its own right is a unique and important route to understanding the complexities of modern Ireland in cultural, contemporary and historical terms. This is true, not least in the case of Northern Ireland where the difficult struggle to construct a unified political consciousness in a postmodern era of extensive political change on a global scale is proving to be one of the most serious societal challenges, but also in the context of a ‘New Ireland’ which is now reflecting on the aftershock of the Celtic Tiger and what it means to be a contemporary European multi-cultural State.
TidsskriftNordic Irish Studies
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 2012

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