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The forgotten Irish? Contested sites and narratives of nation in Newfoundland

Devlin Trew, Johanne (2005) The forgotten Irish? Contested sites and narratives of nation in Newfoundland. Ethnologies, 27 (2). pp. 43-77. [Journal article]

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The Irish in Newfoundland have developed their culture and identity over the past 300 years in the context of the island's changing political status from independent territory, to British colony, and to Canadian province (since 1949). Newfoundland song, dance and dialect all display evident Irish features and have played an important role in the marketing of the province as a tourist destination. Recent provincial government initiatives to forge contacts with Celtic Tiger Ireland and thus revive this powerfully "imagined" Atlantic network have also contributed to the notion of the "Irishness" of Newfoundland culture. The narrative of Newfoundland as an Irish place, however, has always been (and continues to be) contested; this is most evident in a local discourse of space and place that is grounded in two predominant narratives of the Newfoundland nation: Republican and Confederate. The author illustrates how this contested spatial discourse has recently played out over the disputed terrain of the The Rooms, the new home of Newfoundland's provincial museum, art gallery and archives.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Irish; Newfoundland; Canada; nationalism; identity; museums
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:13160
Deposited By: Dr Johanne Devlin Trew
Deposited On:29 Apr 2010 11:43
Last Modified:16 Mar 2012 12:55

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