New World Irish: Notes On One Hundred Years Of Lives And Letters In American Culture

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byJack Morgan

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This book carefully examines representative texts and events that reflect the Irish presence in American culture from the Famine to the present.  A noted scholar in the field of Irish-American literature and history, Jack Morgan sets forth and analyzes a wealth of material previously unexamined with clarity and insight. Writers from Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, to Harold Frederic and Sarah Orne Jewett, are considered in terms of their engagement with and relationships to the new Irish arrivals in the nineteenth century. Through a variety of texts, lives, and events, this study unfolds a fascinating panorama of Irish-American history, culture, and popular culture.

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This book carefully examines representative texts and events that reflect the Irish presence in American culture from the Famine to the present.  A noted scholar in the field of Irish-American literature and history, Jack Morgan sets forth and analyzes a wealth of material previously unexamined with clarity and insight. Writers from Ma...

Jack Morgan is a research professor of English at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is the author of The Biology of Horror and Through American and Irish Wars: The Life and Times of General Thomas W. Sweeny 1820-1892, and the coeditor, with Louis A. Renza, of The Irish Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett. He has published in ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.67 × 5.68 × 0.92 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230116965

ISBN - 13:9780230116962

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Among Cromwell's Children: The Irish in Yankee New England * Requiem for the St. John: Thoreau's "The Shipwreck" as Irish Famine Narrative * Blighted Prospects: Irish Historical Haunting in America * Fair and Funeral: Henry O’Clarence McCarthy and the American Fenian Years * Broom and Bridget: The Irish Servant and New England Households * Harold Frederic, The Irish, and The Damnation of Theron Ware * The Liffey to the Red River: Demented Mentors in Scott Fitzgerald's "Absolution" and Joyce's "The Sisters" * John Ford, the Irish, and His Cavalry Trilogy * Jack Conroy, the Irish-American Left,  and the Radical Irish Legacy * Dublin to Bodega Bay: The Dark Side of Alfred Hitchcock's Juno and the Paycock * "Missouri Sequence": Brian Coffey's St. Louis Years * Migration and Memory: Irish Poetry in the United States * The Celtic Carnivalesque and Muriel Rukeyser's Irish Journey of Passion and Transformation * "He's Irish, and He Broods Easy"--John McNulty and the Irish Cohort at The New Yorker 

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WINNER OF THE MICHAEL J. DURKAN PRIZE FOR BOOKS ON IRISH CULTURE! "New World Irish advances scholarship on Irish-America in several ways: sometimes by unsettling conventional wisdom, sometimes by identifying authors and themes that have been overlooked, and always with perceptive and original readings of a literature that is still in the process of being retrieved and defined. This is a thoughtful and useful contribution to both Irish and American Studies." - James Silas Rogers, Editor, New Hibernia Review "Underlined by wide reading and deep sympathies, Morgan's New World Irish is a quite splendid work of literary scholarship." - Eamonn Wall, author of Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions "Morgan's New World Irish is an absorbing, meticulously researched study of the Irish in America. Starting by complicating widely held generalizations about New EnglandYankee versusIrish Catholicantipathies.Literati such asEmily Dickinson,Margaret Fuller, Harold Frederic,and Sarah Orne Jewett, he notes,were among those who recognized the rejuvenating effect of this immigrant group on entrenchedAnglo-Protestanttradition. Morgansets forth a compelling and original narrative of the Irish adventure in America - their role in shapingtheliterature and culture of their host country - citing film from Ford toHitchcock, fiction from Jewett to Fitzgerald, poetry from Thoreau toEamonn Wall." - Donna Potts, author of Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Pastoral Tradition "Morgan's scholarship is extensive and profound and his analysis is penetrating. In short, this is an excellent addition to Irish American scholarship. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—CHOICE