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‘Sa Choille Ghruamaich: Ceist Cuideachd, Cainnt is Cèilidh’/‘In the Gloomy Forest: a Question of Company, Speech and Ceilidhs’

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MacPherson, Iain S. (2008) ‘Sa Choille Ghruamaich: Ceist Cuideachd, Cainnt is Cèilidh’/‘In the Gloomy Forest: a Question of Company, Speech and Ceilidhs’. Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 64 . pp. 255-272. [Journal article]

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Abstract

A paper for the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, written in Scottish Gaelic, which looks at the use of Canda/British North America as a geo-emotional construct in the socio-politico debate regarding the merits of emigration from the Scottish Gaidhealtachd/Highlands to the New World. By taking on three of the most well-known Scottish Gaelic song-poems, from the contra side of the debate, the author submits them to a close reading to elucidate the various narratives of cultural, linguistic and geographic (topographical) anxiety on the parts of the composers/poets. Throughout, various examples of pro emigration/immigration song-poems composed/written in Scottish Gaelic in Canada are marshalled to counter the prevailing mood of displacement as a journey through a vale of unremitting tears. Issues of the forces of metropolitan cultural models imposed on colonial productions are also raised in the process.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Emigration literature, Canada, Scottish Gaelic, cultural imperialism, metropole
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:12095
Deposited By:Mr Iain MacPherson
Deposited On:19 Feb 2010 18:38
Last Modified:15 Aug 2012 11:52

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