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The Resource Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism, Oliver Michael Hennessey

Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism, Oliver Michael Hennessey

Label
Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism
Title
Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism
Statement of responsibility
Oliver Michael Hennessey
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism examines Yeats{u2019}s writing on Shakespeare in the context of his work on behalf of the Irish Literary Revival. While Shakespeare{u2019}s verse drama provides a source of inspiration for Yeats{u2019}s poetry and plays, Yeats also writes about Shakespeare in essays and articles promoting the ideals of the Revival, and on behalf of Irish literary nationalism. These prose pieces reveal Yeats thinking about Shakespeare{u2019}s art and times throughout his career, and taken together they offer a new perspective on the contours of Yeats{u2019}s cultural politics. This book identifies three stages of Yeats{u2019}s cultural nationalism, each of which appropriates England{u2019}s national poet in an idiosyncratic manner, while reflecting contemporary trends in Shakespeare reception. Thus Yeats{u2019}s fin-de-siécle Shakespeare is a symbolist poet and folk-artist whose pre-modern sensibility detaches him from contemporary English culture and aligns him with the inhabitants of Ireland{u2019}s rural margins. Next, in the opening decade of the twentieth century, following his visit to Stratford to see the Benson history cycle, Yeats{u2019}s work for the Irish National Theatre adopts an avant-garde, occultist stagecraft to develop an Irish dramatic repertoire capable of unifying its audience in a shared sense of nationhood. Yeats writes frequently about Shakespeare during this period, locating on the Elizabethan stage the kind of transformational emotional affect he sought to recover in the Abbey Theatre. Finally, as Ireland moves towards political independence, Yeats turns again to Shakespeare to register his disappointment with the social and cultural direction of the nascent Irish state. In each case, Yeats{u2019}s thinking about Shakespeare responds to the remarkable conflation of aesthetic and religious philosophies constituting his cultural nationalism, thus making a unique case of Shakespearean reception. Taken together, Yeats{u2019}s writings deracinate Shakespeare, and so contribute significantly to the process by which Shakespeare has come to be seen as a global artist, rather than a specifically English possession. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hennessey, Oliver
Dewey number
821/.8
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5908.L5
LC item number
H46 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Shakespeare, William
  • National characteristics, Irish, in literature
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Nationalism in literature
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Literature
  • National characteristics, Irish, in literature
  • Nationalism in literature
Label
Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism, Oliver Michael Hennessey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
William Shakespeare in Yeats's Irish revival -- De-anglicization: Yeats, Victorian Shakespeare, and cultural authority -- The birth of a nation: Shakespeare in the Irish Dramatic movement -- Disappointment, degeneration, and despair: Yeats's late Shakespeare -- Yeats's modern(ish) Shakespeare: Irish revivalism and literary modernism
Control code
878023976
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 185 pages
Isbn
9781611476262
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014022020
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)878023976
Label
Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism, Oliver Michael Hennessey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
William Shakespeare in Yeats's Irish revival -- De-anglicization: Yeats, Victorian Shakespeare, and cultural authority -- The birth of a nation: Shakespeare in the Irish Dramatic movement -- Disappointment, degeneration, and despair: Yeats's late Shakespeare -- Yeats's modern(ish) Shakespeare: Irish revivalism and literary modernism
Control code
878023976
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 185 pages
Isbn
9781611476262
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014022020
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)878023976

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