The Blason Populaire: Slurs and Stereotypes in Irish Proverbial Material

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This paper examines the concept of the blason populaire in a corpus of Irish-language proverbial material covering the period 1858-1952. It will demonstrate that the focus of these blasons populaires is primarily regional, as opposed to national or ethnic, and, furthermore, that such proverbs are usually jocular, descriptive, and benign, rarely exhibiting ethnic or racial slurs. The study identifies and analyses the most salient stereotypical characterizations, and the proverbial forms in which they appear.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-177
Number of pages20
Issue number2
Early online date17 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • History


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