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Ryan, Sean Michael (2015) Catholic Iconography, Cultural Memory and Imaginaries: The Sacred Heart in Irish Emigrant Identity. In: Pezzoli-Olgiati, Daria, (ed.) Religion in Cultural Imaginary : Explorations in Visual and Material Practices. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 229-252. [Book section] (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

My paper focuses on the use of images of Catholic devotional objects (rosarybeads, Sacred Heart painting) to communicate the identity of the working-class Irish emigrant in the photographic novel I Could Read the Sky (O’Grady & Pyke, 1997). I will focus on how the novel attempts to communicate a collective “cultural memory” of Irish emigrant identity to second or third generation Irish readers of the novel, as well as nuancing stereotypical images of Irish identity already contained in the “cultural imaginaries” of a wider readership. Accordingly, my paper will tease out some of the distinguishing characteristics of the concepts of “cultural memory” and “cultural imaginary” in order to highlight elements of continuity and discontinuity.

Item Type: Book section
Department: Theology
Depositing User: Dr Sean Ryan
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 08:34
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 15:18
URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2187

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