Caribbean Irish Connections
$14.99

Caribbean Irish Connections

By Alison Donnell, Maria McGarrity and Evelyn O’Callaghan
US$ 14.99
Book Description

There has been an Irish presence within the Caribbean since at least the 1620s and yet the historical and cultural dimensions of this encounter remain relatively underresearched and are often conceived of in reductive terms by crude markers such as redlegs or poor whites. While there are some striking reminders of this history througout the region, this collection explores how the complications and contradictions of Irish-Caribbean relations are much richer and deeper than previously recognized.

Caribbean Irish Connections makes an important contribution to Irish studies by challenging the dominance of a US diasporic history and a disciplinary focus on cultural continuity and ancestry. Likewise, within Caribbean studies, the Irish presence troubles the orthodox historical models for understanding race and the plantation, race and class structures, as well as questions of ethnic and religious minorities. The contributors emphasize the importance of understanding the transatlantic nexus between Ireland and the Caribbean in terms of the shared historical experiences of dislocation, diaspora and colonization, as well as of direct encounter.

This collection pays tribute to the extraordinarily rich tradition of cultural expression that informs both cultures and their imagination of each other.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Caribbean Irish Connections
  • Part 1. Histories of Encounter and Exchange
  • 1. A Changing Presence
  • 2. Father Antoine Biet’s Account Revisited
  • 3. The Irish in Barbados
  • 4. Liberty, Freedom and the Green Atlantic
  • 5. Irish Encounters with theJamaican Plantocracy, 1814–1838
  • Part 2. Cultural Performance and Exchange
  • 6. Entanglements of Root and Branch
  • 7. Historic and Contemporary Irish Identity on Montserrat
  • 8. Cataloguing Ireland
  • 9. Pamela Colman Smith’s Performative Primitivism
  • 10. The Final Fortress
  • 3. Comparative Readings and Critical Encounters
  • 11. Water Songs
  • 12. The Haunted Ocean
  • 13. Que diga perejil / Abair broagh
  • 14. Medbh McGuckian’s Shelmalier and Dionne Brand’s Inventory
  • 15. “Two Tunes”
  • 16. Mutual Obsessions
  • 17. Rewriting Heathcliff
  • Appendix
  • Resources for Further Study
  • Index
  • Contributors
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