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In Search of Lost History: Embodied Memory and the Material Past in Post-millennial Irish Fiction

  • Maria Beville
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Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)

Abstract

Through a focus on the new materialist idea of embodied memory, this chapter investigates the manner in which the post-linguistic turn toward materiality in contemporary philosophy has come to be reflected in post-millennial Irish fiction. The discussion of memory, in particular, is engaged through re-readings of texts by Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault as proponents of the concept that history and identity are ‘written on the body’ as products of action as well as of language. Analysing the writing of Anne Enright and The Gathering, in particular, the chapter discusses an observed move toward materiality in Irish fiction, and with this move, efforts to get past the ‘post-’ prefix which has defined so much late twentieth-century thought and literature.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Beville
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  1. 1.Centre for Studies in OthernessAarhusDenmark

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