Empire and Nation in the Poetry and Drama of William Butler

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In Deep-Rooted Things, Rob Doggett examines Yeat's shifting relationship with the warring discourses of British cultural imperialism and Irish nationalism during Ireland's transition from colony to partially independent nation. The book is organized around two historical periods - the first decade of the twentieth century, when Yeats was involved in the creation and promotion of the Irish National Theatre Society; and the period from 1919 to 1928, when Yeats the artist and senator struggled to reinvent himself as...
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Overview

In Deep-Rooted Things, Rob Doggett examines Yeat's shifting relationship with the warring discourses of British cultural imperialism and Irish nationalism during Ireland's transition from colony to partially independent nation. The book is organized around two historical periods - the first decade of the twentieth century, when Yeats was involved in the creation and promotion of the Irish National Theatre Society; and the period from 1919 to 1928, when Yeats the artist and senator struggled to reinvent himself as a cultural nationalist against the backdrop of the Anglo-Irish War, the Irish Civil War, and the consolidation of the Irish Free State.
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“According to Doggett, Yeats' nationalism reflects an imagined nation in which all 'accept a common design' without demanding a specific vision. Focusing on the first decade of the 20th century and on 1919-28, Doggett reads drama and poetry as dialectical, moving between unity and disunity, reinventing the present in light of the past. . . Doggett shows Yeats' movement from imagined exile to poems of engagement to poems informed by his visionary system. This cycle provides a space where the Irish nation can be contemplated and imagined anew."--Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268025830
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Doggett is assistant professor of English at SUNY Geneseo. He is the author of several scholarly articles on early twentieth-century Irish literature.
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Table of Contents

1 Mixing everything up at the beginning : telling stories about colonization in On Baile's strand 13
2 Setting Ireland's house in order : performances of gender and nationhood in Cathleen ni Houlihan and Deirdre 37
3 Rewriting history in a time of violence : "nineteen hundred and nineteen" and "meditations in time of civil war" 69
4 Discovering a "new vintage," a new vantage : The tower and imagined exile 93
5 Learning "to chaunt a tongue men to not know" : modernity, committed art, and the "negative" language of the early and middle verse 121
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