New publication: Cyber Ireland: Text, Image, Culture

Cyber Ireland: Text, Image, Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2014) Claire Lynch

Cyber Ireland explores, for the first time, the presence and significance of cyberculture in Irish literature. Computers are intimately tied up with the socio-economic phenomenon known as the Celtic Tiger, as some critics have argued, funding the boom and then creating the bust. Through novels by contemporary Irish writers including Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Colum McCann, Paul Murray and Élís Ní Dhuibhne, Claire Lynch introduces a new strand of Irish studies for the twenty-first century. Cyber Ireland draws on Joycean hypertexts, the avatars and identity experiments of Second Life, the parallels between Irish chick lit and blogging, the digital divide created by new wealth and social class, and even the reinvention of Cúchulainn in computer games.

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