The Irish American Experience in New Jersey and Metropolitan New York: Cultural Identity, Hybridity, and Commemoration
Lexington Books, 2013
Marta M. Deyrup, Ph.D.
Maura Grace Harrington, Ph.D
Department of English
This book is a collection of nine essays exploring the
Irish-American experience in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan
area, both historically and today. The essays place the local
Irish-American experience in the wider context of immigration studies,
assimilation, and historical theory. Using case studies, interviews,
scholarly research in primary historical documents and theory, and
first-hand experience, the authors delve into what it has meant, and
means, to be Irish American in the New Jersey and New York area,
projecting what this ethnic identity will signify in years to come.
Representing a variety of scholarly and professional disciplines, from
archivists; to historians; to lawyers; to scholars of literature and
theology; the authors share their own unique perspectives on the
significance of the contributions of Irish-Americans to American life in
various arenas. Each chapter is interdisciplinary, revealing the
interconnections among cultural history, biography, contemporary events,
and literary appreciation. It is through these intersections of
disciplines, of past and present, of individual and community, that we
can best analyze and appreciate the ways that Irish-Americans have
shaped life in the New Jersey/New York area over the past two centuries.