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More than quaint local color, folklore is a crucial part of life in Aghyaran, a mixed Catholic-Protestant border community in Northern Ireland. Neighbors socialize during wakes and ceilis—informal nighttime gatherings—without regard to religious, ethnic, or political affiliation. The witty, sometimes raucous stories swapped on these occasions offer a window into Aghyaran residents' views of self and other in the wake of decades of violent conflict. Through anecdotes about local characters, participants explore the nature of community and identity in ways that transcend Catholic or Protestant sectarian histories. Ray Cashman analyzes local character anecdotes in detail and argues that while politicians may take credit for the peace process in Northern Ireland, no political progress would be possible without ordinary people using shared resources of storytelling and socializing to imagine and maintain community.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface: The Road to Ballymongan
  2. pp. ix-xxiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxix
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  1. 1 Goals and Orientations
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. 2 Aghyaran: A Sense of Place and History
  2. pp. 32-51
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  1. 3 Ceilis as Storytelling Contexts
  2. pp. 52-70
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  1. 4 Wakes as Storytelling Contexts
  2. pp. 71-93
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  1. 5 Local Character Anecdotes
  2. pp. 94-106
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  1. 6 The Wider Range of Storytelling Genres
  2. pp. 107-149
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  1. 7 Anecdotes and the Literary Character
  2. pp. 150-169
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  1. 8 Anecdotes and the Local Character
  2. pp. 170-203
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  1. 9 Anecdote Cycles and Personality Traits
  2. pp. 204-222
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  1. 10 Patterns and Implications
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. 11 Storytelling, Commemoration, and Identity
  2. pp. 233-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 267-275
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-283
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253005687
Print ISBN
9780253352521
MARC Record
OCLC
801665598
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
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