Ireland may not be the most obvious place for high-tech writers to have developed; the region’s geographic isolation, delayed industrialization and political divisions across the last two centuries have made it an island of its own, where a specific, and many would say specifically traditional, literary culture has held dominance. But a few Irish writers emerging since the 1970s have demonstrated unique technical, technological styles and textual strategies, suggesting that Irish writing in North and South has been undergoing an independent evolution, and one that has become global—perhaps more global than most—in some fascinating ways. This book examines the evidence and outcomes of that evolution in Irish writing, revealing—perhaps unexpectedly—an arrival at the cutting-edge of post-digital, global writing.
1. The Legacy of Joyce
2. An Internet of Texts: Ciaran Carson
3. Performing Dark Ecologies: Marina Carr
4. Poetics Void and Wild: Sinead Morrissey & Alan Gillis
5. Immersion, Resistance and Play in Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and Emma Donague’s Room
6. Literature at Speed: Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends