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Ortha an Ghreama as a lesser-known Irish traveller narrative: symbolic inversion and resistance

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Show simple item record Ó hAodha, Mícheál 2020-07-20T10:52:02Z 2020-07-20T10:52:02Z 2020
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Irish folk tradition includes a long-established discourse whereby the formerly nomadic or semi-nomadic group known as Irish Travellers, who comprise a tiny minority within Irish society are depicted not only as quintessential “outsiders” but also as a projective mechanism for the hates and fears of the settled (non-Traveller) community. Th is essay examines a counter-tradition in Irish oral tradition that rejects these essentialist and reductionist representations and constructs Travellers very diff erently. This alternative portayal sets Travellers within a very different discourse, one where they serve as a counter- hegemonic undercurrent in Irish society that remains symbolically central despite attempts at its suppression. Th is more radical and nuanced discourse, one whereby that which is initially deemed lowly or subordinate is inverted and becomes paramount, is circumscribed within the traditions of symbolic inversion and holy wisdom as long established in other European countries. This counter-hegemonic discourse is linked to a discussion concerning the philosophical possibilities for a movement beyond the politics of difference that is constitutive of Traveller Otherness or alterity and the potential for a more nuanced or postmodernist theorisation of Self/Other relations. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Firenze University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Studi Irlandesi;10, pp. 167-192
dc.subject cultural images en_US
dc.subject Irish Traveller minority en_US
dc.subject postmodernist en_US
dc.subject Self/Other relations en_US
dc.title Ortha an Ghreama as a lesser-known Irish traveller narrative: symbolic inversion and resistance en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.13128/SIJIS-2239-3978-11759
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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