In the first decades of the Irish Free State, a Catholic-Gaelic Irishness was institutionalised as part of the new state's nation-building project. One side-effect was the alienation of writers and artists who did not identify with the Ireland that was coming into being. Some chose to leave Ireland and go into external exile in Europe. Those who stayed lived on as 'inner exiles'. In both cases, these exiles reflect the irony that Irish nationalism, which was itself a product of an 'exilic culture' responding to perceived English cultural dominance, created its own exilic others after independence. In the article, the author envisages a sociology of exile and illustrates this with examples from early 20th-century Irish literature.
Double Dialogues, 2009, Vol 10, p. 1-10
Eksil, eksilteori, eksillitteratur, Irland; Exile, theory of exile, literature of exile, Ireland