‘Like a foreigner / in my native land’
Transculturality and Otherness in twenty-first-century Irish poetry
in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
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This chapter focuses on transculturality and recent Irish poetry. In its exploration of the hitherto under-researched poetry of Dermot Bolger and the recent work produced by other poets such as Mary O'Malley, David Wheatley, and Pat Boran, this chapter analyses the ways in which the immigrant experience is interpreted through the lenses of Ireland's shared transcultural experiences of exile, homelessness, and homesickness. This contribution also focuses on lesser known literary voices such as Betty Keogh, Eileen Casey, Siobhan Daffy, and Adenice Adedoyin, whose poems explore, in various ways, Julia Kristeva's realisation that we are ultimately all ‘strangers to ourselves.’

Literary visions of multicultural Ireland

The immigrant in contemporary Irish literature


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