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Ethnic Studies Review
The very title of Tracy Mishkin's The Harlem and Irish Renaissances: Language, Identity, and Representation would fill any scholar of either movement with skepticism. To draw parallels among turn of the century Anglo-Irish writers' efforts to represent and revitalize the identity and language of Irish culture (which must take into account the often divergent political and social interests of myriad groups: Gaelic nationalists and Catholic-Irish peasantry, just to name two) with early twentieth-century African American and black immigrant intellectuals' self-conscious construction of a race capital and cultural movement in the midst of Jim Crow legislation and renewed vehemence of nativist groups -- and all of this in 130 pages -- seems overly ambitious at best.
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