The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity, and Popular Culture

The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity, and Popular Culture

By: Diane Negra (editor)Paperback

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Over the past decade or so, Irishness has emerged as an idealized ethnicity, one with which large numbers of people around the world, and particularly in the United States, choose to identify. Seeking to explain the widespread appeal of all things Irish, the contributors to this collection show that for Americans, Irishness is rapidly becoming the white ethnicity of choice, a means of claiming an ethnic identity while maintaining the benefits of whiteness. At the same time, the essayists challenge essentialized representations of Irishness, bringing attention to the complexities of Irish history and culture that are glossed over in Irish-themed weddings and shamrock tattoos.Examining how Irishness is performed and commodified in the contemporary transnational environment, the contributors explore topics including Van Morrison's music, Frank McCourt's writing, the explosion of Irish-themed merchandising, the practices of heritage seekers, the movie The Crying Game, and the significance of red hair. Whether considering the implications of Garth Brooks's claim of Irishness and his enormous popularity in Ireland, representations of Irish masculinity in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, or Americans' recourse to a consoling Irishness amid the racial and nationalist tensions triggered by the events of September 11, the contributors delve into complex questions of ethnicity, consumerism, and globalization. Ultimately, they call for an increased awareness of the exclusionary effects of claims of Irishness and for the cultivation of flexible, inclusive ways of affiliating with Ireland and the Irish. Contributors. Natasha Casey, Maeve Connolly, Catherine M. Eagan, Sean Griffin, Michael Malouf, Mary McGlynn, Gerardine Meaney, Diane Negra, Lauren Onkey, Maria Pramaggiore, Stephanie Rains, Amanda Third

About Author

Diane Negra is Senior Lecturer in the School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom and a coeditor (with Jennifer M. Bean) of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema, also published by Duke University Press.


The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity, and Popular Culture / Diane Negra 1 "Still `Black' and `Proud'": Irish America and the Racial Politics of Hibernophilia / Catherine M. Eagan 20 The Wearing of the Green: Performing Irishness in the Fox Wartime Musical / Sean Griffin 64 "The Best Kept Secret in Retail": Selling Irishness in Contemporary America / Natasha Casey 84 "Papa Don't Preach": Pregnancy and Performance in Contemporary Irish Cinema / Maria Pramaggiore 110 rish Roots: Genealogy and the Performance of Irishness / Stephanie Rains 130 Ray Charles on Hyndford Street: Van Morrison's Caledonian Soul / Lauren Onkey 161 Garth Brooks in Ireland, or, Play That Country Music, Whiteboys / Mary McGlynn 196 "Does the Rug Match the Carpet?": Race, Gender, and the Redheaded Woman / Amanda Third 220 Dead, White, and Male: Irishness in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel / Gerardine Meaney 254 "A Bit of Traveller in Everybody": Traveller Identities in Irish and American Culture / Maeve Connolly 282 Feeling Eire(y): On Irish-Caribbean Popular Culture / Michael Malouf 318 Irishness, Innocence, and American Identity Politics before and after September 11 / Diane Negra 354 Contributors 373 Index 377

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822337409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9780822337409
  • ISBN10: 0822337401

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