Cultural and racial (dis)affiliations
in American literature and Irish culture, 1910–55
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A study of American modernism and Irish culture must necessarily begin with a consideration of family. The affiliations and disaffiliations to Ireland experienced by the American writers discussed in this chapter reveal a reading of ‘family’ as literal and metaphorical, as each writer negotiates his relationship with Ireland. Each writer discussed – Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Moore and O’Neill – experiences a nuanced and often troubling relationship with Ireland – thanks to family connections that are sometimes enhanced, and at other times played down, according to complex channels of racial and cultural influence and interference.

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