New Book from University Press of Florida

Irish Cosmopolitanism: Location and Dislocation in James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett By Nels Pearson, January 2015 Use link below for reduced price flier:74.95 to $30.00 !

“Clearly written, convincingly argued, and transformative.” —Nicholas Allen, author of Modernism, Ireland and Civil War “Goes beyond ‘statism’ and postnationalism toward a cosmopolitics of Irish transnationalism in which national belonging and national identity are permanently in transition.” —Gregory Castle, author of The Literary Theory Handbook Looking at the writing of three significant Irish expatriates, Pearson questions conventional critical trends that view their work as either affirming Irish anticolonial sentiment or embracing international identity.  In reality, he argues, these writers constantly work back and forth between a sense of national belonging that remains incomplete and ideas of human universality tied to their new global environments. For these and many other Irish writers, national and international concerns do not conflict, but overlap—and the interplay between them motivates Irish modernism. Searching for a sense of place between national and global abstractions, their work displays a twofold struggle to pinpoint national identity while adapting to a fluid cosmopolitan world.

“Shows how three important Irish writers crafted forms of cosmopolitan thinking that spring from, and illuminate, the painful realities of colonialism and anti-colonial struggle.” —Marjorie Howes, author of Colonial Crossings: Figures in Irish Literary History “Asserting the simultaneity of national and global frames of reference, this illuminating book is a fascinating and timely contribution to Irish Modernist Studies.” —Geraldine Higgins, author ofHeroic Revivals from Carlyle to Yeats