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Melanie Beth Curran

Melanie Beth Curran is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn. She is working on a book about the Irish Bridget’s modern incarnations, and can be found at

A cartoon illustration of Brigid in Puck, 1883

From Saint to Stereotype: A Story of Brigid

Caricatures of Irish immigrants—especially Irish women—have softened, but persist in characters whose Irishness is expressed in subtle cues.