The Best Are Leaving : Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture, Paperback / softback Book

The Best Are Leaving : Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture Paperback / softback


Clair Wills's The Best Are Leaving is an important and wide-ranging study of post-war Irish emigrant culture.

Wills analyses representations of emigrants from Ireland and of Irish immigrants in Britain across a range of discourses, including official documents, sociological texts, clerical literature, journalism, drama, literary fiction, and popular literature and film.

This book, written by a leading critic of Irish literature and culture, discusses topics such as the loss of the finest people from rural Ireland and the destruction of traditional communities; the anxieties of women emigrants and their desire for the benefits of modern consumer society; the stereotype of the drunken Irishman; the charming and authentic country Irish in the city; and the ambiguous meanings of Irish Catholicism in England, which was viewed as both a threatening and civilising force.

Wills explores this theme of emigration through writers as diverse as M.

J. Molloy, John B. Keane, Tom Murphy, and Edna O'Brien.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 220 pages, 8 Halftones, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781107680876



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