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Rethinking the Irish in the American South
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Rethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers

Bryan Albin Giemza

Abstract

Studies of the Irish presence in America have tended to look to the main corridors of emigration, and hence outside the American South. Yet the Irish constituted a significant minority in the region. Indeed, the Irish fascination expresses itself in Southern context in powerful, but disparate, registers: music, literature, and often, a sense of shared heritage. This book aims to create a thorough introduction to the subject, establishing new ground for areas of inquiry. The chapters here offer a revisionist critique of the Irish in the South, calling into question widely held understandings of ... More

Keywords: emigration, shared heritage, Irish culture, Appalachian ballads, U2, literary friendships, Irish presence, migration patterns, Irish diaspora, assimilation of immigrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617037986
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037986.001.0001

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Bryan Albin Giemza, editor

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Introduction

Bryan Albin Giemza

I. Questions of Historical Definition

II. Manipulating Culture: Influence, Reconsidered

III. Ideology And Ambivalence

Coda Smoke ’N’ Guns

Conor O’callaghan

End Matter