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By Stephen Watt

Problematic analogies among Irish and Jewish heritage, among Irish and Jewish subjectivities, happen with impressive frequency all through American literature. They remember James Joyce's Leopold Bloom and episodes of Ulysses, Douglas Hyde's analogies through the Celtic Revival among studying Hebrew and studying Irish, and a myriad of claims of an strange courting among those peoples that is going past comparisons in their respective diasporic histories. yet how does one describe this uncanny courting, one frequently marked through hostility, affinity, and ambivalence, with no essentializing humans whose origins, classification association, educations, existence stories, etc are vastly different?

"Something Dreadful and Grand": American Literature and the Irish-Jewish Unconscious describes a fancy allosemitism and allohibernianism via quite a few cultural texts with which immigrant Irish and Jewish americans have been such a lot engaged: well known track of the Tin Pan Alley period, tenement literature from Anzia Yezierska and James T. Farrell throughout the posthumous e-book of Henry Roth's An American Type, and proletarian and socialist-inflected drama by way of Elmer Rice, Clifford Odets, Eugene O'Neill, and Arthur Miller as they engaged the Irish drama of such writers as Bernard Shaw and Sean O'Casey. to be able to hint either the family tree and more moderen trajectory of immigrant drama and fiction, chapters discover either the post-Famine melodramatic degree of the 19th century and a number of extra modern texts from more recent generations of immigrants. all through, the e-book argues for a "circum-North Atlantic" tradition during which texts from eire, Britain, Irish the USA, and Jewish the USA give a contribution considerably to either a latest American literature and to understandings of the phrases "Irish" and "Jewish."

How do we quite recognize what those phrases suggest as they delimit or erase completely the variations inherent to them? Borrowing a time period from psychoanalytic and political concept, "Something Dreadful and Grand" explores the bigger dimensions of this Irish-Jewish subconscious underlying cultural creation in the USA, arguing for the centrality of those diasporic teams to the advance of yankee renowned song, fiction, and particularly drama.

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