Staging Famine Irish Memories of Migration and National Performance in Ireland and Québec
In "Staging Famine Irish Memories of Migration and National Performance in Ireland and Québec" Jason King examines recent community theater productions about the Irish Famine migration to Québec in 1847. King explores community-based and national ideas of performance and the role of remembrance in shaping and transmitting the diasporic identities of Québec's Irish cultural minority. While most of the plays re-enact French-Canadian adoptions of Famine orphans as spectacles of Irish integration in Québec, David Fennario's Joe Beef: (A History of Pointe Saint Charles) (1984, published 1991) rehearses the history of the Canadian/Québec nation in terms of recurrent labor exploitation epitomized by the struggles of the Famine Irish emigrants. King argues that Fennario's exclusion from definitions of "national performance" in Québec shows the elision of its Anglophone national minority, one that should be included in Québec's negotiations of national identity (Bouchard).
"Staging Famine Irish Memories of Migration and National Performance in Ireland and Québec."
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