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Laird, Heather
Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture
'"An Ireland as Complex and Various as Possible": Sean O'Faolain's Writings on Partition as a Precursor to Peace Process Republicanism'
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SeŠn ” FaolŠin Partition Irish peace process Irish republicanism
The 1998 Belfast Agreement compelled Irish republicans to think about partition and unification in new ways. The year 2018, the twenty-year anniversary of the ratification of that agreement and nearly one hundred years after the establishment of the Irish Free State, offers an opportune time to revisit the writings of SeŠn ” FaolŠin, one of the most flamboyant public intellectuals to emerge in Ireland in the postrevolutionary period. This article, which challenges the identification of ” FaolŠin as a protorevisionist and more recent attempts to reclaim him for very different left-republican or poststructuralist intellectual/political projects, will concentrate primarily on ” FaolŠinís writings on partition. ” FaolŠinís thinking on partition will be linked here to his writings on the ethnocultural complexities of postrevolutionary Ireland and on literary form. The article will explore the extent to which ” FaolŠin was a precursor not, as has been claimed, of revisionism but of a latter-day nonmilitant pragmatic republicanism that decommissioned its weapons and, in the Belfast Agreement, accepted the principle of consent as the basis for a sovereign all-Ireland state. His writings both point to the range of positions available within postĖCivil War republicanism and indicate that none of these positions was without its attendant difficulties.
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