Chapter

Identifying Another Other

Cairns Craig

in Intending Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637133.003.0006
Identifying Another Other

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This chapter reports that in Strangers, Gods and Monsters (2003), Richard Kearney set out on an ambitious exploration and critique of the role of the ‘Other’ in Western thought, and especially as it has developed in modern ‘Continental’ theory. It notes that though it is hardly crucial to the overall scope of his argument, England and Ireland are offered as antitheses which represent a defining instance of ‘othering’. It adds that England as ‘self’ and Ireland as ‘other’ was, in this interpretation, the foundation of all later forms of the colonial construction of the ‘other’ that stemmed from the impact of British imperialism.

Keywords: Richard Kearney; Other; Continental theory; England; Ireland; British imperialism

Chapter.  10120 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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