Our examination of literature and criticism in the Irish Republic and the North concluded in each case with an acknowledgement of the globalized networks now coursing through Irish society. For some, this global dispensation promised a new open, pluralist possibility through which to vanquish the repressive fixities of the past. Other writers and critics, we observed, while certainly not harking back to unrealizable ideals, equally remained more circumspect about the economic changes and realignments of power which this new global context brings forth. An important and engaging intervention in debates about a new Ireland or new Irish cultural constellations is granted by Multi-Culturalism: The View From the Two Irelands (2001), which comprises parallel essays by Edna Longley and Declan Kiberd. Each assesses, respectively, the North and the Republic with regard to multiculturalism and the possibilities and limitations of social pluralism.
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