Vol. 9 No. 9 (2019): Whose Homelands? Fictions, Facts and Questions of the Irish Diaspora
Sezione monografica / Monographic Section

Like a Scattering from a Fixed Point: Austerity Fiction and the Inequalities of Elsewhere

Jason Buchanan
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI
Published June 12, 2019
How to Cite
Buchanan, J. (2019). Like a Scattering from a Fixed Point: Austerity Fiction and the Inequalities of Elsewhere. Studi Irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 9(9), 179-201. https://doi.org/10.13128/SIJIS-2239-3978-25511

Abstract

After the financial collapse of 2008, Ireland imposed a program of fiscal consolidation that was designed to address the debt concerns of the nation. The implementation of austerity measures became the inverse to the high-flying years of the Celtic Tiger. Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones and Mary Morrissy’s Prosperity Drive represent examples of post-austerity literature in how they engage with ideas of austerity as an inverted capitalist narrative of success. Their books examine a post-austerity Ireland where the influence of global capitalism has resulted in a disruption of local communities. Both McCormack and Morrissy critique post-austerity Ireland to show the psychological, emotional, and human cost of the nation’s transformation into a post-austerity country.

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