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"Something Dreadful and Grand": American Literature and The Irish-Jewish Unconscious

Stephen Watt


This book traces the often uncanny relationships between Irish- and Jewish-Americans, arguing for the centrality of these diasporic groups to the development of American popular music, fiction, and especially drama. The book reads such cultural forms as tenement fiction, Tin Pan Alley music, and melodrama as part of a larger “circum–North Atlantic” world in which texts and performers from Ireland, Europe, and America were involved in a continuous cultural exchange within which stereotypes and performances of Jewishness and Irishness took center stage. For this reason, such Irish writers as Jam ... More

Keywords: performance, circum–North Atlantic, melodrama, tenement fiction, modern drama, psychoanalysis, allo-Semitism, allo-Hibernianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190227951
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190227951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Watt, author
Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Drama, Indiana University Bloomington