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Literary Criticism English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Canada to Ireland

Poetry, Politics, and the Shaping of Canadian Nationalism, 1788-1900

by (author) Michele Holmgren

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
Category
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, General, Canadian
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780228008378
    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
    List Price
    $140.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780228008385
    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
    List Price
    $39.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780228009580
    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
    List Price
    $39.95

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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Irish writers played a key role in transatlantic cultural conversations – among Canada, Britain, France, America, and Indigenous nations – that shaped Canadian nationalism. Nationalism in Ireland was likewise influenced by the literary works of Irish migrants and visitors to Canada.

Canada to Ireland explores the poetry and prose of twelve Irish writers and nationalists in Canada between 1788 and 1900, including Thomas Moore, Adam Kidd, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, James McCarroll, Nicholas Flood Davin, and Isabella Valancy Crawford. Many of these writers were involved in Irish political causes, including those of the Patriots, the United Irish, Emancipation, Repeal, and Young Ireland, and their work explores the similar ways in which nationalists in Ireland and Indigenous and settler communities in Canada retained their cultural identities and sought autonomy from Britain. Initially writing for an audience in Ireland, they highlighted features of the landscape and culture that they regarded as distinctively Canadian and that were later invoked as powerful unifying symbols by Canadian nationalists. Michele Holmgren shows how these Irish writers and movements are essential to understanding the tenor of early Canadian literary nationalism and political debates concerning Confederation, imperial unity, and western expansion.

Canada to Ireland convincingly demonstrates that Canadian cultural nationalism left its mark on both countries. Contemporary decolonization movements in Canada and current cultural exchanges between Ireland and Indigenous peoples make this a timely and relevant study.

About the author

Michele Holmgren is associate professor of Canadian and Irish literature at Mount Royal University.

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Editorial Reviews

“A landmark study, in which Michele Holmgren offers authoritative and compelling insight into the extensive literary and political links between Canada and Ireland in the nineteenth century. This important book combines meticulous research with richly-contextualized close readings, opening up exciting new fields for critics and scholars, while its accessible and fluent style will appeal to all readers with an interest in Canadian and Irish history.” Sinéad Sturgeon, lecturer in Irish Writing, Queen's University Belfast