Blue Monday, Vol. 3: Inbetween Days by Chynna Clugston

By Chynna Clugston

Vacation trips encourage loads of diversified reactions in humans. for example, Clover hates the sappiness of Valentine's Day, whereas Bleu loves Halloween. Clover additionally hates St. Patrick's Day and the way humans have became it into an orgy of eco-friendly beer and leprechauns, yet either ladies like April Fool's Day and the way it conjures up Victor to dig out his goth equipment from the times of yore.

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43 Irish characters were certainly a recognizable presence in early films. Rockett suggests that during the silent film era, as many as 500 American films were made with identifiable Irish themes or characters. When one looks at the synopses of Irish-themed films made in the United States between 1896 and 1905, it is clear that they featured a relatively narrow range of stock characters and behaviors. Rockett lists eighty-seven Irishthemed films produced in America during these years. Of these, twentytwo feature a female domestic, cook or washerwoman often referred to as Bridget in the films’ synopses.

In the late 1880s he appeared on the “legitimate” stage in the Irish dramas The Gossoon and Irish Statesman. ” Sheet music for songs performed by Johnson suggest the ways in which the sentimental and romanticized portrayal of Irishness existed alongside the racist conventions of blackface. 21 Billy Emerson was born William Emerson Redmond in Belfast in 1846. ”22 Like many other blackface performers, Emerson also performed in Irish character. A Billboard article dated December 8, 1906, and headlined “Billy Emerson’s Best Bit” reminisces about a skit in which Emerson imitated a burnt-out prizefighter managing sparring exhibitions.

As I will demonstrate, it is certainly possible to point to some of the sources of early cinema’s Irish stereotypes and characters in vaudeville. However, through a focus on a range of archival material including vaudeville programs, sketches, songs, and plays as historical artifacts in their own right, I suggest that this process is not straightforward and that vaudeville was more than simply the source of early cinema’s negative Irish stereotypes. Instead, I will argue that these texts can help to illuminate the complex interactions between nativeborn Americans, Irish Americans, and other ethnic and racial groups during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and highlight the importance of popular culture in defining and redefining these relationships.

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