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Author Wall, Eamonn, 1955-

Title From the Sin-e to the Black Hills : notes on the new Irish / by Eamonn Wall.

Published Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  810.989162 WALL    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages cm
Contents Preface -- Exile, attitude, the Sin-e Cafe: notes on the new Irish -- The long journey home to Brooklyn: Michael Stephens's Books of the dead -- Immigration, technology, & sense of place -- Reading Mary Gordon's Final payments in America -- Four paintings by Danny Maloney -- The search for majectic shades: contemporary American poets migrate to Ireland -- Helena Mulkerns on the Lower East Side -- Irish voices, American writing, & green cards -- Roger Boylan in his own words: Q & A -- 'Even better than the real thing': Brian Moore's the great Victorian collection -- How decent people live: Thomas McGonigle's going to Patchogue -- The Black Hills, the Gorey Road, Eavan Boland's object lessons.
Summary Eamonn Wall arrived in the United States in the 1980s as part of a wave of young, educated immigrants who became known as the "New Irish." In this book he comments on his own experiences and those of his generation, who identify as much with contemporary ethnic and immigrant America as they do with the long-settled Irish American community.
Wall's starting point is the now-closed Sin-e Cafe in New York's East Village, which was a hangout in the early 1990s for expatriate Irish musicians, actors, and writers. He comments on the poetry, fiction, essays, and memoirs of both the New Irish and Americans of Irish heritage, locating them within a literary and historical context. But this is also a deeply personal book in which Wall wrestles with his own identity as an Irishman living in America, raising his children and learning to love the American landscape, from the streets of Manhattan to the Black Hills.
Subject Wall, Eamonn, 1955-
American literature -- Irish American authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Ireland -- History and criticism.
Irish Americans -- Intellectual life.
Irish Americans in literature.
Irish Americans -- Biography.
Immigrants in literature.
Ireland -- In literature.
ISBN 0299167208 (alk. paper)
0299167240 (paperback: alk. paper)