Modernism and the Celtic Revival

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"In Modernism and the Celtic Revival, Gregory Castle, examines the impact of anthropology on the work of Irish Revivalists such as W. B. Yeats, John M. Synge, and James Joyce. Castle argues that anthropology enabled Irish Revivalists to confront and combat British imperialism, even as these Irish writers remained ambivalently dependent on the cultural and political discourses they sought to undermine. Castle shows how Irish modernists employed textual and rhetorical strategies first developed in anthropology to translate, reassemble, and edit ...
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Overview

"In Modernism and the Celtic Revival, Gregory Castle, examines the impact of anthropology on the work of Irish Revivalists such as W. B. Yeats, John M. Synge, and James Joyce. Castle argues that anthropology enabled Irish Revivalists to confront and combat British imperialism, even as these Irish writers remained ambivalently dependent on the cultural and political discourses they sought to undermine. Castle shows how Irish modernists employed textual and rhetorical strategies first developed in anthropology to translate, reassemble, and edit oral and folk-cultural material. In doing so, he claims, they confronted and undermined inherited notions of identity which Ireland, often a site of ethnographic curiosity throughout the nineteenth century, had been subject to. Drawing on a wide range of post-colonial theory, this book should be of interest to scholars in Irish studies, post-colonial studies, and modernism."--BOOK JACKET.
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"The volume is weell documented and conyains a useful bibliography and index." CHOICE Dec 2001

"Castle...provides an excellent overview of the last quarter-century's work on the Irish Revival..." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521100342
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2009
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Castle is Associate Professor of British and Irish Literarutre at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1 The Celtic muse: anthropology, modernism, and the Celtic Revival 1
2 "Fair equivalents": Yeats, Revivalism, and the redemption of culture 40
3 "Synge-On-Aran": The Aran Islands and the subject of Revivalist ethnography 98
4 Staging ethnography: Synge's The Playboy of the Western World 134
5 "A renegade from the ranks": Joyce's critique of Revivalism in the early fiction 172
6 Joyce's modernism: anthropological fictions in Ulysses 208
Conclusion. After the Revival: "Not even Main Street is Safe" 248
Notes 261
Select bibliography 292
Index 306
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