‘Aliens in Ireland’: Nation-building and the Ethics of Hospitality

John Brannigan

in Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638833
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651801 | DOI:
‘Aliens in Ireland’: Nation-building and the Ethics of Hospitality

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This chapter discusses the distinction between the hospitality extended to the visiting foreigner and the ‘welcome home’ given to the returning migrant. It looks at the boundaries of communal belonging and the implications of a different set of conditions of hospitality for the arrival of a person from outside those boundaries. It also studies several literary texts, which reveal the increase of a relationship between Irish modernity and racism in the present. These texts also focus on the creation of Irish national identity through the racialised and chauvinistic encounters of figures of foreigners and ‘alienism’.

Keywords: hospitality; welcome home; communal belonging; Irish modernity; national identity; alienism

Chapter.  15912 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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