Irish Urban Fictions

  • Maria Beville
  • Deirdre Flynn

Part of the Literary Urban Studies book series (LIURS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Maria Beville, Deirdre Flynn
    Pages 1-20
  3. Whose City Is It Anyway? The City as Experience

  4. Disturbing Phantasies and the Uncanny City

  5. Cities of Change: Re-writing the City

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-245

About this book


This collection is the first to examine how the city is written in modern Irish fiction. Focusing on the multi-faceted, layered, and ever-changing topography of the city in Irish writing, it brings together studies of Irish and Northern Irish fictions which contribute to a more complete picture of modern Irish literature and Irish urban cultural identities. It offers a critical introduction to the Irish city as it represented in fiction as a plural space to mirror the plurality of contemporary Irish identities north and south of the border. The chapters combine to provide a platform for new research in the field of Irish urban literary studies, including analyses of the fiction of authors including James Joyce, Roddy Doyle, Kate O’Brien, Hugo Hamilton, Kevin Barry, and Rosemary Jenkinson. An exciting and diverse range of fictions is introduced and examined with the aim of generating a cohesive perspective on Irish urban fictions and to stimulate further discussion in this emerging area.


Irish urban fiction The city in Irish writing James Joyce Roddy Doyle Dublin

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Beville
    • 1
  • Deirdre Flynn
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Studies in OthernessAarhus UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.University College DublinDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98321-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98322-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-7888
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-7896
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