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
    Number of pages20
    Pages (from-to)157-177
    Journal publication date12 Jun 2013
    Issue number2
    Early online date17 Apr 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2013

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