Immigration in Celtic Tiger and post-Celtic Tiger novels
in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
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This chapter analyses the depiction of immigrants in Celtic Tiger and post-Celtic Tiger novels, revealing – like the previous chapters – the existence of diverse literary responses to multiethnicity in Ireland. The author identifies an evolution in the Irish novels published between 2000 and 2010. In those novels published in the initial years of the new millennium, such as those by Mary Rose Callaghan, Elizabeth Wassell, and Anne Haverty, immigrants appear in the background, as secondary characters coexisting – but not interacting actively – with the main Irish protagonists. It is not until a few years later, in the novels published by Chris Binchy, Peter Cunningham, and Hugo Hamilton, that immigrants acquire a voice of their own in the texts, and genuine interculturality between Irish-born and non-Irish born characters is presented as a possibility.

Literary visions of multicultural Ireland

The immigrant in contemporary Irish literature


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