Appropriation emerged during the Celtic Revival as a singular
mode of engaging with the Shakespearean text to conceptualise and
frame national identities in Ireland using the English language.
With The Celtic Revival in
Shakespeare's Wake, Adam Putz has examined the ways in which
the discourse of Anglo-Irish cultural politics shaped the
Shakespeares of Matthew Arnold, Edward Dowden, and W. B. Yeats. His
close readings underscore the instability of the binary oppositions
upon which these writers relied to predicate their appropriations.
However, Putz finds in James Joyce an urgent concern for the
pernicious manner in which the discourse of Anglo-Irish cultural
politics mediated the relationship with Shakespeare for a
generation of Irish men and women. Therefore, Putz reconsiders
periodization and literary inheritance, the nation and modernity in
order to point up the contingency of those values located in and
imposed upon Shakespeare during the Revival.