Winner of the SAMLA Studies Award
In this sweeping study, Bryan Giemza retrieves a missing chapter of Irish Catholic heritage by canvassing the literature of American Irish writers from the U.S. South.
Bryan Giemza is director of the University of North Carolina Libraries Southern Historical Collection. He is the author of Irish Catholic Writers and the Invention of the American South.
Praise for Irish Catholic Writers and the Invention of the American South
“Giemza's study, written in graceful and often playful prose, is well informed, insightful, and heartily recommended for all academic libraries.”—Catholic Library World
“The treatments of Harris and McCarthy are illuminating, and they join Giemza’s needful extraction of Margaret Mitchell’s critique of southern romanticism from the nettles of her reception as a champion thereof . . . as highlights of this multilayered literary biography of the South’s Irish Catholic literati.”—American Catholic Studies
"His study is a necessary step toward revealing the Irish literary presence in the American South... This blending of mythos and reality — baked in idiosyncratic terms but sold to a collective region — is both Irish and Southern. Giemza’s study truly considers, for the first time, how Catholic writing contributed to this invention."—Nick Ripatrazone, The Marginalia Review
“[A] much-needed study of Irish Catholic writers in the South. . . . By stepping away from conversations about ethnic, regional, and cultural purity, Giemza offers insights about the Catholic Irish in this region that seem long overdue.”—Journal of Southern History
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