‘Ireland, and Black!’: The Cultural Politics of Racial Figuration

John Brannigan

in Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638833
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651801 | DOI:
‘Ireland, and Black!’: The Cultural Politics of Racial Figuration

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This chapter discusses the arrival of ‘black’ people in Ireland and how the visible marker of black skin became a register of racial inferiority. It analyses the ‘afterlife’ of the nineteenth-century history of black-Irish relations, which are focused on the ways blackness has figured within Irish culture since the mid-twentieth century. The chapter also studies the analogies between Ireland and ‘Third World’ countries, and reveals evidence where racism against black people in the Irish state and culture has deeper roots, a longer history, and a more problematic legacy than has been previously acknowledged.

Keywords: black people; racial inferiority; black-Irish relations; Irish culture; Third World countries; racism

Chapter.  19337 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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