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Volume 1 Issue 3

August 2014

Spatial Protest: A Critique of Assimilation Tactics in Tom Paulin and Seamus Heaney
Ms.Kusumita Dutta, 
Junior Research Fellow, 
Department of English, 
Jadavpur University, 
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Abstract
In a world of accusing ideologies and impugned ideals, the news of territorial union is less a joy than cultural disintegration. Yet Tom Paulin and Seamus Heaney have advocated integration with Europe and the world. Does it spell a doom for the independent Irish nation? Is it facing a cultural threat? How can one assimilate even while upholding one’s political and cultural distinctiveness? As states in India face threats of Americanization and witness break-up of major states into smaller units, a study of the subject of Ireland and modern-day integration ethics is pertinent.
Keywords
Tom Paulin, Seamus Heaney, Ireland, Assimilation, Cultural Integration, ‘through - other’, Spatial Protest.
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