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'God's alchemy': Interrogating National Identity in the Life and Writings of John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890)

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This chapter explores the complexity of Irish American identities by focusing on the life and writings of the notorious Fenian and poet, John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) who was editor of the largest circulating Catholic newspaper in nineteenth century America, The Pilot. Using the ambiguous epitaph on his public monument in Boston Mass., it deconstructs his status as an eloquent ambassador for the republic, as a public orator, a poet and a journalist, in an attempt to reconcile his commitment to the Irish cause with insistence that his compatriots envision their future as American citizens. It engages with questions of national identity, history and memory.

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Author(s): Allen J

Editor(s): Hanson, I., Rhoden, W.J., Snyder, E.E.

Series Editor(s): Bullen, J.B., Armstrong, I.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Poetry, Politics and Pictures: Culture and Identity in Europe, 1840-1914

Year: 2013

Pages: 181-203

Series Title: Writing and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century

Publisher: Peter Lang

Place Published: Oxford

Notes: ISSN: 2235-2287

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783034309813