|E-mail||rtimcg (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)
|Qualifications|| BA (Hons) Open University; MA Open University
|Thesis title||Positioned Histories, Confluent Worlds: Four Comparative Case Studies of Irish and Caribbean Novels in English, 1929- 1963
Supervisor: Peter Hulme
The aim of my thesis is to demonstrate that there are substantial, recurrent parallels between the forms and themes of Anglophone novels published in both Ireland and the Caribbean in the period 1929 to 1967 (a period which I shall show is of crucially decolonising literary production in both countries). I shall present the case for Irish longer prose fiction being read in equal proportion to Caribbean novels in the study of the fictive representations of decolonising processes in literature.
This thesis will avoid a tendency to conflate, into a working post- colonial, textual grammar, post- colonial forms and themes that are the products of historically specific, lived experiences of different colonial programs. However, I stress that my intention is nonetheless to foreground a broad range of confluences between the formal composition and thematic considerations of selected Irish and Caribbean novels in English, in five comparative case studies.
Each study selects a specific decolonising issue that counters or hybridises dominant British imperial discourse, and compares how this is articulated in the form and thematic preoccupations of a chosen Irish or Caribbean text. The broad socio- economic and cultural scope of Irish society, incorporating historical influences from Viking, Anglo- Norman, Elizabethan, and Cromwellian settlements as well as its pre- Anglo- colonial Gaelic population, suggests Ireland as, ideologically speaking, a multi- faceted archipelago across its historical and cultural terrain if not necessarily across and within the breadth and particulars of its physical geography. Socio- politically, and as represented in my chosen novels, one can conceive a multitude of lived ‘Irelands of the mind’ demonstrating strong similarities with the breadth of historical and cultural influences and identities across the Caribbean.
|Additional information|| Other interests: Structuralism, post- structuralism and deconstruction; Marxist literary criticism; new historicism and cultural materialism; Shakespeare in text and performance; the nineteenth- century novel; the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh (1904- 1967).