Bringing it all back home: the fluctuating reputation of James Orr (1770-1816), Ulster-Scots poet and Irish patriot

Baraniuk, C. (2018) Bringing it all back home: the fluctuating reputation of James Orr (1770-1816), Ulster-Scots poet and Irish patriot. In: Devlin Trew, J. and Pierse, M. (eds.) Rethinking the Irish Diaspora: After the Gathering. Series: Migration, diasporas and citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 133-156. ISBN 9783319407838 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-40784-5_6)

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Abstract

Taking as its subject the radical poet and United Irishman James Orr of Ballycarry, County Antrim, Baraniuk offers a much-needed, nuanced discussion of Ulster-Scots literary tradition, arguing that it represents a significant and unjustly neglected northern Dissenting school of Irish literature. Baraniuk challenges contemporary portrayals of Ulster-Scots identity which caricature it as no more than an artificial construct deployed in the service of an aggressive form of Ulster loyalism. The chapter argues that Orr’s verse is global and timeless in its range, and that his unequivocal, pluralist assertion of his belief in tolerance and diversity both within and beyond his native land demonstrates true Irish patriotism.

Item Type:Book Sections (Other)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Baraniuk, Dr Caroline
Authors: Baraniuk, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9783319407838
Published Online:14 March 2018

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