Re-Mapping Exile: Realities and Metaphors in Irish Literature and History edited by Michael Böss, Irene Gilsenan Nordin, & Britta Olinder is a collection of academic essays analyzing the theme of exile as it appears in Irish cultural writings both fiction and non-, and is #34 in The Dolphin series of books about culture and literature, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus Universitetsforlaget (Aarhus University Press) in Denmark.
This covers literature as well historical and song writings both internally in the country and externally as part of the Celtic diaspora of emigrants, up to and including pop culture such as the song lyrics of popular musician Van Morrison.
Free for a limited time, available worldwide throughout February as Aarhus Universitetsforlaget’s featured English-language Free Book of the Month @ the university’s website (DRM-free PDF available worldwide), with further information on its catalogue page
The essays in this collection combine historical, cultural, and literary analyses in their treatment of aspects of exile in Irish writing. Some are ‘structuralist’ in seeing exile as a physical state of being, often associated with absence, into which an individual willingly or unwillingly enters. Others are ‘poststructuralist’, considering the narration of exile as a celebration of transgressiveness, hybridity, and otherness. This type of exile moves away from a political, cultural, economic idea of exile to an understanding of exile in a wider existential sense.
The theme of exile is discussed in a wide range of texts including literature, political writings and song-writing, either in works of Irish writers not normally associated with exile, or in which new aspects of ‘exile’ can be discerned. The essays cover, among others: Butler, D’Arcy McGee, Mulholland, Joyce, Hewitt, Van Morrison, Ní Chuilleanáin, Doyle, and Banville.