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The representation of black characters in contemporary Irish literature

Grant number: 20/03891-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2020
Effective date (End): November 01, 2024
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal Investigator:Laura Patricia Zuntini de Izarra
Grantee:Victor Augusto da Cruz Pacheco
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):21/11639-9 - Blackness in Irish imagination: recuperating structures of feelings, BE.EP.DR


Based on racial anxiety, a concept which deals with a regular social dynamic occurred during interactions between black and white people (GODSIL, RICHARDSON, 2017), this Ph.D. project aims to analyze the representation of black characters in contemporary Irish literature, considering the affective effects of race on social imaginary. This research is justified because of the lack of critical reading on the literary representation of black characters by Irish writers. In this regard, it will be analyzed the short stories collection The Deportees (2007) by Roddy Doyle and This Hostel Life (2018) by Melatu Uche Okorie, Emma Donoghue's short story "The Welcome" (2007) and the novels The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry and Flight by Oona Frawley, both published in 2014. The theoretical background is composed of academic productions on Irish Studies(CAIRNS, RICHARDS, 1988; KIRBY, 2002; KIBERD, 2005; HARTE, 2014), racial theory (BRAH, 1996; GARNER, 2004; BRANNIGAN, 2009; HOOKS, 2015) and affective theory (SEDGWICK, 2003; AHMED, 2005; TOMKINS, 2008; CLOUGH, 2010; AHERN, 2019). (AU)

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