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Coming into clover: Ireland and the Irish in early American cinema, 1895–1917


2008 2008

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Coming Into Clover traces the evolution of cinematic representations of Ireland and the Irish in early American cinema. From the birth of the medium in 1895 until the full emergence of the so-called classical cinema in 1917, these images underwent a fascinating evolution with the crude "stage Irish" stereotypes of Paddy and Bridget steadily giving way to a more positive and diverse set of representations beginning in the early- to mid-teens. The reasons for this transformation are many, but can be traced to two seemingly separate yet inter-dependent factors. Firstly, the social and economic forces that gave rise to the classical mode of production demanded an overall gentrification of the form and content of American cinema. Secondly, an increasingly powerful and influential class of Irish-Americans took an active role in transforming the nativist perceptions that for so long had worked to ostracize them from mainstream society. The result was the emergence of set of visual and narrative tropes that would define Hollywood's representation of the Irish for next three decades.

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Subject
American studies;
Film studies
Classification
0323: American studies
0900: Film studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Cinema; Early cinema; Immigration; Ireland; Irish; Irish-Americans; Representation
Title
Coming into clover: Ireland and the Irish in early American cinema, 1895–1917
Author
Flynn, Peter
Number of pages
454
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549789543
Advisor
Norden, Martin F.
Committee member
Ciecko, Anne; Geddes, Henry; Glassberg, David
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Communication
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325276
ProQuest document ID
304564601
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304564601
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