Matt McGuire

was born in Belfast and teaches literature at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on both Scottish and Irish literature. The Essential Guide to Contemporary Scottish Literature which will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2008.


Literary perspectives: Northern Ireland

Shaking the hand of history

Critic Matt McGuire continues Eurozine’s Literary Perspectives series with a focus on Northern Ireland. While the Northern Irish literary tradition is closely bound up with the experience of sectarian violence, he writes, contemporary poets and prose writers defy the assumption that “the troubles” are all there is to the country’s literature. The attempt to deal in literary form with the ideological baggage of Northern Ireland’s past is combined with an exploration of identity in the twenty-first century.

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