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Rethinking the Irish in the American SouthBeyond Rounders and Reelers$
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Bryan Albin Giemza

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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Tara, the O’Haras, and the Irish Gone With the Wind

Tara, the O’Haras, and the Irish Gone With the Wind

Further Reflections on the Relations between Ireland and the American South

(p.76) (p.77) Chapter 4 Tara, the O’Haras, and the Irish Gone With the Wind
Rethinking the Irish in the American South

Geraldine Higgins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the way in which Irishness underwrites the history presented in Gone with the Wind. It begins by examining the Irishness on display in Gone with the Wind through its references to place (Tara), family (the O’Haras), and race or ethnicity (Irishness). It looks at Mitchell’s racial schema in order to ask if Irishness ever functions as a mediating ethnicity between blackness and whiteness in the novel. In other words, how do we locate the Irish in Gone with the Wind, and are they always white?

Keywords:   Irishness, American South, place, family, race, ethnicity, whiteness

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