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dc.contributor.authorMarkey, Alfredit
dc.identifier.citationAlfred Markey, "Secular Spaces and Religious Conflict. Sean O’Faolain, Edward Said and the Irish University Question", in: Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniere, XVII (2012), pp.
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines how the key 20th Century, Irish public intellectual, Sean O’Faolain, elaborates what we can term an “imaginative geography” in relation to the problematic issue of religious identity and its relationship to the universities in Ireland in the decades following independence. Using particularly the critical vocabulary of Edward Said around the tropes of exile and counterpoint, I will examine how O’Faolain deals with sectarian clashes in order to map a public space of democratic engagement in which strategies akin to Said’s idea of secularity, and appropriate to his “unhoused” model of intellectual participation in society, are employed to negotiate shifting, interconnected paths between the universities and religions. From such strategies we can adduce suggestive “secular,” spatial paradigms of consciousness which are neither moulded to fit in with the stasis of rural “authenticity” nor perpetually in desperate and always urgent pursuit of “mature,” non-contradictory and ultimately metropolitan
dc.publisherEUT Edizioni Università di Triesteit
dc.relation.ispartofseriesProspero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniereit
dc.relation.ispartofseriesXVII (2012)it
dc.titleSecular Spaces and Religious Conflict. Sean O’Faolain, Edward Said and the Irish University Questionit
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