Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism

Nally, Claire (2009) Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism. Reimagining Ireland, 10 . Peter Lang, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9783039118823

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Abstract

Although W. B. Yeats is one of the most over-theorised authors in the Irish canon, little attempt has been made to situate his occult works in the political context of early twentieth-century Ireland. By evaluating the two versions of A Vision, published in 1925 and 1937, this book provides a methodology for understanding the political and cultural impulses that informed Yeats's engagement with the otherworld. The author suggests that the Yeatsian occult operates very firmly within the political parameters of Irish nationalism, often as a critique of the new Free State, or as an alternative way of mythologising and inaugurating a new nation state. The occult, far from being free of all political considerations, registers the poet's shifting allegiances, from the Celticism of the 1890s to his disenchantment with modern Ireland in the Free State. Through close readings of Yeats's manuscripts and his primary and critical works, including a close assessment of the frequently neglected dramatic texts, the author seeks to force a rethinking of the critical reception of the Yeatsian occult through contemporary theoretical developments in postcolonialism, subjectivity, national identity and textual instability.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 10:49
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8018

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