Week 7, Inventing Ireland, Declan Kiberd, (Castle)

November 12, 2007

Kiberd in describing the challenge facing Irish nationalism with regards to literature writes, “…if they were to create a truly national literature, they must also gather a national audience” (459). Here Kiberd depicts how Irish writers dealt with a tension between writing for a British and North American audience or to write for a smaller Irish audience. Over time they came to the conclusion that liberation necessitated writing for the Irish audience, noted in the statement from Kiberd above. It was interesting to learn how Ireland experienced colonization differently than other colonies due to the close proximity in which it is to England.

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