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Celebrating Recent Work by Emily Bloom and Hidetaka Hirota

New Books in the Arts and Sciences

dateApril 27, 2017 timeThursday, 6:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
Covers of Expelling the Poor by Hidetaka Hirota and The Wireless Past by Emily C. Bloom

The Wireless Past
Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968

by Emily Bloom

Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series

  • Chronicles the emergence of the British Broadcasting Corporation as a significant promotional platform and aesthetic influence for Irish modernism.
  • Draws on original archival research, giving readers access to previously unpublished manuscripts, letters, and radio typescripts.
  • Situates W. B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Louis MacNeice, and Samuel Beckett in the context of the media environments that shaped their works.

Expelling the Poor
Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy

by Hidetaka Hirota

​Oxford University Press

  • First sustained study of immigration control conducted by states prior to the introduction of federal immigration law in the late nineteenth century.
  • Argues that the origins of American immigration control were in cultural prejudice against the Irish and, more essentially, economic concerns about their poverty, rather than anti-Asian racism.
  • Challenges long-standing idea that immigration was unregulated prior to passage of federal immigration legislation.
  • Connects nativist politics to US deportation policy.
  • Includes immigrants' post-deportation experiences in Europe.
  • Author Emily Bloom Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Author Hidetaka Hirota Visiting Assistant Professor The City College of New York
  • Discussant Clair Wills Leonard L. Milberg Professor of Irish Letters Princeton University
  • Discussant Alan Kraut University Professor, Department of History American University
  • Moderator J.Joseph Lee Glucksman Chair of Irish History New York University