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'Tracing Again the Tiny Snail Track': Southern Protestant Memoir since 1950

Robert Tobin
The Yearbook of English Studies
Vol. 35, Irish Writing since 1950 (2005), pp. 171-185
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3509332
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Abstract

This essay seeks to survey the range of themes and approaches taken by Southern Irish Protestant memoirists writing since 1950. It argues that their testimony as descendants of the former Protestant Ascendancy and as members of a small religious minority adapting to life in independent Ireland provides a unique perspective on Irish social life in the twentieth century demanding closer scrutiny. Far from the homogenous and moribund community it is generally assumed to be, Southern Irish Protestantism is depicted by its memoirists as a diverse and evolving part of the larger society. Particular attention is paid here to the writers' treatment of such questions as genealogical inheritance, relationship to the land, and participation in civic life.

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