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국문제목 아일랜드 여성의 영국 이주: 윌리엄 트레버의 『펠리시아의 여정』을 중심으로
영문제목 Irish Women’s Migration to the UK: A Reading of William Trevor’s Felicia’s Journey
저자 오길영
출처 125-148
29권
1호
발행년 2023년 6월
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This article aims to examine the novel Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor, one of the most important Irish writers of the second half of the twentieth century, from the perspective of migration, specifically focusing on the migration of Irish people to England. I will also pay careful attention to the influence of James Joyce’s works, especially the short story “Eveline,” which, as the author reveals, strongly influenced the motifs of this novel. However, this paper does not simply compare the two works, insofar as the two works are set in different historical contexts, and their characterization is as much a result of their different periods as it is the difference between a novel and a short story in the literary genre. Felicia, of course, is not Eveline. At the same time, however, they are both representative of turn-of-the-century colonial Ireland as well as Ireland in the late 20th century, yet tied to the troubled history of Ireland and Britain. Ireland demonstrates itself in Trevor’s novel as a country that has long since gained its independence from Britain, but still has strong ties to it, especially in the area of immigration. This essay is organized as follows. The first part deals with the migration process to Britain that Felicia goes through. In order to analyze this, I examine the history of Irish migration, particularly to Britain. The second part elaborates on the attitudes and perspectives of the Irish, including Felicia, towards Britain in Anglo-Irish relations. The third part delves into the meaning of another powerful and grotesque character Hilditch. In addition, I scrutinize the religious institution’s view of Ireland in Anglo-Irish relations. In doing so, I consider why the author introduces such unconventional characters as Hilditch and the extraordinary religious group. Finally, this essay analyzes the ending of the novel. Unlike Eveline, who cannot leave Ireland, Felicia escapes Ireland and moves to England. 

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