Mocking ‘Bridget’: Irish immigrant stereotypes after the Famine

Character drawings of a party with an Irish Bridget with a large roll of paper she is reading aloud to the room while gesturing too.

Irish immigrant women were a common target of satire in Anglo-American print culture in the latter half of the nineteenth century, known as ‘Bridget’.

Jokes about ‘Bridget’ crossed the Atlantic in both directions, contributing to a transnational repository of comic Irish tropes.

This talk will discuss how representations of the most common of Irish working women – the domestic servant – reflected middle-class anxieties around changing class and gender roles.

Dr Catherine Healy is Historian-in-Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

DATE: 1st February 2024
TIME: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
WHERE: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
COST: €5

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