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Cé Leis Tú? Queering Irish migrant literature

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Show simple item record O'Toole, Tina 2017-07-13T11:18:46Z 2017-07-13T11:18:46Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writers have almost all had personal experience of migration, and register the profound effect of those migrant experiences in their literary writing. Yet, to date, these voices have been silent in dominant accounts of the Irish diaspora. Focusing on queer subjects in migrant literature by women writers, this essay sets out to examine the links between LGBT and diasporic identities, and to explore the ways in which kinship and migrant affinities unsettle the fixities of family and place in the culture. Reading across the diasporic literary space carved out by Kate O'Brien, Emma Donoghue, and Shani Mootoo, the essay shows how their work resists, rejects, and questions the dominant culture, whether ‘at home’ or in the diaspora. Queer kinship, which intentionally appropriates relationships and values from the bio/genetic sphere but introduces elements of choice and agency to these connections, provides a useful framework within which we might read this literature. By the end of the twentieth century, queer kinship networks were in evidence across the Irish diaspora. In Ireland, ensuing transnational exchanges had a profound impact on grassroots social activism and theory. For instance, I argue that feminist theory and literature, often transmitted along axes of queer kinship, was key to the shaping of the women's and LGBT movements in Ireland. While we have yet to see the wide-scale effect of emerging immigrant writers on existing cultural forms in Ireland, it is only a matter of time before LGBT writers from immigrant communities begin to have an impact on the culture. While anticipating such work, we must continue to question how the space of Irish literature, and indeed of the Irish diaspora, has been constituted – and resisted – thus far. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Edinburgh University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish University Review;43, (1), pp. 131-145
dc.rights "Cé Leis Tú? Queering Irish migrant literature" has been accepted for publicaton in Irish University Review,2013, 43,(1), pp. 131-145. The final definitive version is available at en_US
dc.subject Irish studies en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject migration studies en_US
dc.subject queer theory en_US
dc.title Cé Leis Tú? Queering Irish migrant literature en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3366/iur.2013.0060
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1442225

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