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The Politics of Identity in Irish Drama

W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory and J.M. Synge

By George Cusack

Routledge – 2009 – 198 pages

Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Description

This study examines the early dramatic works of Yeats, Synge, and Gregory in the context of late colonial Ireland’s unique socio-political landscape. By contextualizing each author’s work within the artistic and political discourses of their time, Cusack demonstrates the complex negotiation of nationalism, class, and gender identities undertaken by these three authors in the years leading up to Ireland’s revolution against England. Furthermore, by focusing on plays written by each author in the context of the ongoing debates over Irish national identity that were taking place throughout Irish public life in this period, Cusack examines in more depth than previous studies the ways Yeats, Gregory, and Synge adapted conventional dramatic and linguistic forms to accommodate the conflicting claims of Irish nationalism. In so doing, he demonstrates the contribution these authors made not only to the development of Irish nationalism but also to modern and postcolonial literature as we understand them today.

Contents

Introduction

  1. Kathleen Ni Houlihan and the Perception of Propaganda
  2. Yeats: The Inner Life on the National Stage
  3. Gregory: Nationality as Narrative
  4. Synge: The Liberation of Language
  5. The Playboy of the Western World and the End of Artistic Nationalism

Conclusion

Author Bio

George Cusack is an instructor in the Expository Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma. He is the editor, with Sarah Goss, of Hungry Words: Images of Famine in the Irish Canon.

Name: The Politics of Identity in Irish Drama: W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory and J.M. Synge (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By George Cusack. This study examines the early dramatic works of Yeats, Synge, and Gregory in the context of late colonial Ireland’s unique socio-political landscape. By contextualizing each author’s work within the artistic and political discourses...
Categories: Drama Genres, Irish Literature, 19th Century Literature