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The Irish and the imagination of race : White supremacy across the Atlantic in the nineteenth century

Title
The Irish and the imagination of race : White supremacy across the Atlantic in the nineteenth century / Patrick R. O'Malley.
ISBN
9780813950570
0813950570
9780813950563
0813950562
9780813950556
Publication
Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, 2023.
Copyright Notice Date
©2023
Physical Description
x, 311 pages ; 23 cm
Summary
"This book analyzes the role of Irishness in the nineteenth-century constructions of race and racialization, both in the British Isles and in the United States. Centering the years immediately preceding the American Civil War, it asks how the seemingly liberationist politics of many mid-nineteenth-century Irish nationalist writers could fail to comprehend the ethical necessity of opposing both race-based chattel enslavement in the United States and the structures of white supremacy that underwrote and ultimately outlived it. Many of the writers O'Malley focuses on drew specifically upon the image of Black suffering as support for their arguments for Irish political enfranchisement; yet, in doing so, they frequently fell into what he identifies as a failure of translation, a misrepresentation of the fundamental differences between Irish and Black experience under the regimes of white supremacy"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: O'Malley, Patrick R. Irish and the imagination of race Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 23, 2024
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Nineteenth-century Irishness and the construction of race
The Gothic Palimpsest of Black and Irish histories
From Irish Bardicism to the white nationalist verse epic
Irish American Whiteness in The Garies and their Friends
John Mitchel and the polemic of white grievance
Performing sympathy in The Octoroon
Coda: The Irish national tale and confederate nostalgia.
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