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date: 26 May 2020

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This article examines the history of Irish modernism. It argues that the contested position of modernism in Irish culture might be dramatized by a tale of two James Joyces. One is the internationalist Joyce, the deracinated modernist who was considered to have become European and modern to the extent that he transcended his Irishness; and the other is the Irish Joyce who has more recently emerged from the confluence of post-colonialism and Irish studies. The article argues that while a canon of Irish modernism clearly exists, its central importance to international developments can seem to draw it away from the Irish context, in which a broader culture of modernism is less self-evident.

Keywords: Irish modernism, Irish culture, James Joyce, post-colonialism, Irish studies

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