Private Narratives of the Irish Emigration to Argentina (1844-1912), por Edmundo Murray. Buenos Aires, LOLA, 2006.
“What happened when the Irish went to live in a Spanish-speaking country, beyond the colonial borders of the British Empire? Did they follow the patterns of settlement in Australia, Canada, England or the United States? Did they integrate into the receiving society or persist to maintain their Irish identity throughout generations? Did they evolve from colonised to colonisers? This book provides a variety of answers through the analysis of unpublished emigrant letters and memoirs.
Among Latin American countries, Argentina received the largest immigration from Ireland. After a number of years, some of the emigrants went back home or re-emigrated to North America, Australia and other regions. Others settled in the Argentine pampas, and founded families that during generations developed their own sets of values and beliefs. Collectively, they shaped the largest Irish community in the Spniash-speaking world.
Including unpublished emigrant letters and memoirs of Irish settlers and their families, this book explores the community’s evolution since its early years to the integration into the larger Argentine society in the twentieth century.
This revised edition in English includes the original texts of letters and memoirs, as well as new documents and substantial new thinking on the roles of identity and nationalism.
“It is the first attempt to publish this kind of documentation of the Irish-Argentine community in a scholarly format. These are accounts narrated by a multiplicity of voices, including men and women at different ages, from diverse geographic origins, and with heterogeneous life experiences.”
Hilda Sabato, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
“Becoming Irlandés is a significant work of compilation, as well as an important stimulus for studies about the Irish in Argentina in present-day social and cultural context.”
Laura Izarra, Universidade de Sao Paulo.
“The private narratives edited by Murray include a comprehensive array of discourses about the complexity of migrations and its modes, rooting, uprooting, alienation, internal exile, endogamy.”
Inés Praga Terente, Asociación Española de Estudios Irlandeses.
“Provides a window into the daily life in Argentina in the second half of the nineteenth century. The letters contain complaints about the cold weather in the Pampas, tales of Indian raids, and orders for socks, trousers and worsted woolens, ‘unavailable here’.”
Sergio Kiernan, The Buenos Aires Herald.
“Deliberately polemic… An essential text for researchers and students of the Irish emigration to Argentina.”
Juan José Delaney, The Southern Cross.
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