By Jennifer Egan
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Bennie is an getting older former punk rocker and list government. Sasha is the passionate, younger lady he employs. right here Jennifer Egan brilliantly finds their pasts, in addition to the interior lives of a number of alternative characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With song pulsing on each web page, a trip from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.
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Certainly he offers with ‘I Understand’, and even with ‘Home to Harlem’, a far more liberatory set of possibilities than does the official discourse on race. Whether more radical fiction writers will take up the challenge to shape Irish understandings of race and racialization remains to be seen, but Doyle has begun the necessary work of decentralizing white consciousnesses. Notes An early version of this chapter was presented at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) conference in Galway, July 2004.
17 As distinct from the criminal, murderous realm of loyalist paramilitaries, loyalist popular culture has always been invigorated with cultural 32 Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture borrowing and mixing. Young ‘Blood and Thunder’ band members researched by Desmond Bell in the 1980s, fans of the sophisticated rhythms of black dance music, introduced variation to their routine by drum duelling. 18 Post-ceasefire loyalist identities are a miscellany, like all cultural identities, and thus lend themselves to postmodernist theories even if the hybrid result is regressive and sectarian.
They certainly reflect a renewed preoccupation with ethnicity at a time when fear of terrorism is generating both a desire for closed borders and for clear lines of demarcation between ‘them’ and ‘us’ in the US. The two characters reflect different responses to this. Gavin cannot imagine working with Chinese, women or little 14 Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture green men:14 McNulty by contrast finds that the drowned immigrant girl he cannot name is turning up in his dreams. 15 As a result of this intimacy, ethnicity makes the history of immigration personal, immediate.