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Declan Kiberd

intuit the boom-and-bust fate of a spendthrift daughter and son-in-law. The narrator of the short story ‘Parachutes’, foreseeing the family life of friends over coming decades, thinks that there was hardly any need to live it. Yet, life must be seized in all its limitation. The day may be enough. Besides, seeing into the past reminds many characters that, even if things are getting worse, this is all happening rather slowly. Devolution replaces the more melioristic ideas of evolution, with the distant prospect of humanity leaving mere traces of itself in the natural

in John McGahern
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Manchester and the devolution of British literary culture
Corinne Fowler
Lynne Pearce

3970 Postcolonial Manchester:Layout 1 28/6/13 12:37 Page 1 Introduction: Manchester and the devolution of British literary culture Corinne Fowler and Lynne Pearce As the key components of its title suggest – i.e., postcolonial, diaspora, devolution – this volume arizes out of a recognizable and, in many respects, well-established set of debates concerning the reconfiguration of literary and cultural studies in Britain. The association of ‘English literature’ with the West’s colonial past has been a major, possibly even the predominant, concern of literary

in Postcolonial Manchester
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Crossing the margins
Glenda Norquay
Gerry Smyth

English Literature: [Only] two months before the election which brought to power a British government committed to devolution and the most significant Norquay_01_Intro 2 22/3/02, 9:30 am 3 Introduction constitutional changes to the British nation for three centuries, Homi Bhabha with the British Council presented a major conference-cumfestival called Reinventing Britain. Incredibly, the project contained nothing whatsoever about the devolution debate, or how the changing relationships between Scotland, England, Wales, not to mention Ireland, might contribute to

in Across the margins
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Murdo Macdonald

presume that with the devolution of power to a Scottish parliament and the clear possibility of independence, such attitudes no longer exist. But attitudes can lag behind political reality and from an attitudinal point of view the unthinkability of Scottish culture within a British context is alive and well. One question that must be considered is, how does one think about the unthinkable? Out of this paradox are born the stereotypes already referred to. The model of ‘Scotland as unthinkable’ is easy to find even in writing relating to contemporary art. An illuminating

in Across the margins
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Michael G. Cronin

, including A Family Affair (2000), Suing the Pope (2002), Sex crimes and the Vatican (2006) and My Father’s House (2010). For a useful account of the events leading to the establishment of the inquiry and an incisive assessment of the Report see Catriona Crowe, ‘The Ferns Report: vindicating the abused child’, Éire-Ireland, 43 1&2 (2008), 50–73. O’Gorman, Beyond Belief, p. 286. Ibid., p. 119. Ibid., p. 20–1. Ibid., p. 300. Linda Connolly, The Irish Women’s Movement: from revolution to devolution (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002). June Levine, ‘The Women’s Movement in the

in Impure thoughts
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Below the waves
Robert Duggan

are emphasised: ‘He was shorter than Colin, but his arms were exceptionally long and muscular. His hands too were large, the backs covered with matted hair’ (McEwan, 1982, 26). As we have seen, Robert’s sexist and antiquated views on gender relations are also of a type with the kept ape’s dream of male power and privilege. There is another example in The Comfort of Strangers of what we can call devolution that occurs as Colin watches a man insistently cajole a nervous ‘spindly girl’ (92) into playing volleyball: She [the spindly girl] was gazing into the face of a

in The grotesque in contemporary British fiction
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The Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990
Michael Parker

_4_001.qxd 12 16/2/09 9:23 AM Page 12 Contexts International Commission on Decommissioning that they had received ‘no information from the IRA as to when decommissioning will start’,40 the power-sharing Executive was immediately faced with a huge crisis. After only seventy-two days of self-government, the province’s new institutions were suspended by the Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Mandelson. On this occasion devolution was restored after a relatively brief period, following an undertaking from the Provisionals that they would ‘initiate a process’ to put their

in Irish literature since 1990
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British masculinities, pomophobia, and the post-nation
Berthold Schoene

-life discrimination and societal ostracism borne by ‘unwomanly’ women and gay men. In light of Scotland’s recently accomplished devolution, Whyte’s concern that Scottishness may now begin to undergo a hyperbolic reassertion of itself as a monologic master discourse at risk of Norquay_06_Ch5 96 22/3/02, 9:56 am 97 Masculinities and the post-nation recklessly shattering its erstwhile alliance with other, alternative counternarratives of the nation is surely to be taken very seriously. In conclusion, I would like to return to Kaja Silverman’s suggestion that men’s embrace of

in Across the margins
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Elleke Boehmer

from the First World. If anything, this has become more evidently the case with the 1990s resurgence of nationalist preoccupations in the west and in the former Second World (think only of devolution in the UK). Few would probably dispute the fact that nationalism remains a crucial force for liberation and justice especially in once-colonised countries. It is also true that the novels of these countries in particular will be concerned to configure the nation by way of organising (and often gendered) metaphors, if not strictly speaking as allegories in every case. For

in Stories of women
The plays of Ed Thomas and the cultural politics of South Wales
Shaun Richards

inadequacy in his analysis or a staggering reversal of economic and cultural fortunes. As the decade closed with the establishment of a Welsh Assembly it might appear that Williams was simply wrong in pronouncing that with the 1979 anti-devolution vote, and the swing to Conservatives throughout almost all of Wales in the General Election of that year, the Welsh had identified themselves with southern England and ‘finally disappeared into Britain’ (1985: 305). The socialism forged in the inter-war years can still be found in the selfconfessed ‘classic labour’ (Maconie 1998

in Across the margins