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Empire's WakePostcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form$
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Mark Quigley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245444

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245444.001.0001

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Postmodern Blaguardry: Frank McCourt, the Celtic Tiger, and the Ashes of History

Postmodern Blaguardry: Frank McCourt, the Celtic Tiger, and the Ashes of History

(p.170) Chapter Four Postmodern Blaguardry: Frank McCourt, the Celtic Tiger, and the Ashes of History
Empire's Wake

Mark Quigley

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines how Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer-winning memoir, Angela’s Ashes, ironically recapitulates and inverts the narrative modes and aesthetic emphases of Irish late modernism in the context of Ireland’s short-lived “Celtic Tiger” boom at the end of the twentieth century. Though generally dismissed by scholars, Angela’s Ashes is shown to yield surprising insights about the Celtic Tiger mentality and the trajectory of Irish postcoloniality under the influence of globalization. The chapter argues that McCourt develops a postmodern naturalism that cynically de-materializes Irish postcolonial history and reveals how postcolonial narrative forms are increasingly overtaken by their representations of markets of all sorts. In this way, the chapter proposes, we can more clearly discern distinct phases of postcolonial culture and consider how different modernist and postmodernist modes signal postcoloniality’s gradual synchronization with the logic and modalities of global capitalism.

Keywords:   Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes, Celtic Tiger, Postmodern naturalism, Globalization, Postmodernism

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