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ISSN : 1226-4946(Print)
ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.28 pp.269-281

A Glimpse of the Diasporic Literature: based on the works of Yeats and Heaney

Hong Sung Sook


Diasporic situation can happen under such circumstances as colonization, civilwar, misrule, great natural disasters and globalization etc. According to Agnew,diasporic members frequently feel a sense of alienation in the host country. Toresist assimilation into the host country, and to avoid social amnesia about theircollective histories, diasporic people attempt to recreate their artistic, cultural, andpolitical practices and productions.
In the sense above, Yeats and Heaney's poetry fall under diasporic literature.They describe some alienation, dispersion and the mental wound caused by theGreat Famine as well as by inter-ethnic/religious conflicts as one result ofcolonization. The diasporic element of Yeats's poems is characterized by the extremesense of alienation through his search for the faery land and the holy artistic city.Heaney also chose to be an inner emigre as a way of survival during UlsterTroubles.
Moreover, the two poets' works share diasporic characteristics, especially in therespect that they deal with the traces of the Great Famine leading to dispersion.However, instead of assimilating into amnesia of the collective wound or into thehost country, they both reveal their desire to cross over their local boundary,seemingly expanding into transnationalism.


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