CONTEMPORARY BORDERS: INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS AND FEMALE AGENCY IN RODDY DOYLE’S SHORT STORY THE PRAM

Autores

  • Eloísa Dall'Bello Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina- UFSC

Resumo

The so-called Celtic Tiger, from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, was a period of outstanding social and economic development in the Republic of Ireland; and its political stability, high employment rates and unprecedented prosperity attracted a large number of immigrants to the country. Roddy Doyle’s short story The pram looks at the relationship between locals and outsiders, portraying a scornful treatment that a Polish nanny receives from her Irish employers. This paper examines the position of Alina as a female immigrant in twenty-first century Ireland, to establish a view of how her agentic potentialities outgrow the prejudiced treatment she receives. I will argue, using the concept of “agency” (MCNAY, 2016), that Alina, from being a voiceless maid, achieves transformation into an empowered woman.

 

DOI: 10.5935/1984-6614.20170012

Biografia do Autor

Eloísa Dall'Bello, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina- UFSC

Mestranda no Programa de Pós-Graduação em Inglês: Estudos Linguísticos e Literários da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.

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2017-12-11

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Literatura irlandesa: ponto de partida e de chegada