Inventing the Myth: Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination by Connal ParrInventing the Myth: Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination by Connal Parr

Inventing the Myth: Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination

byConnal Parr

Hardcover | September 2, 2017

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This book approaches Ulster Protestantism through its theatrical and cultural intersection with politics, re-establishing a forgotten history and engaging with contemporary debates. Anchored by the perspectives of ten writers - some of whom have been notably active in political life - ituniquely examines tensions going on within. Through its exploration of class division and drama from the early twentieth century to the present, the book restores the progressive and Labour credentials of the community's recent past along with its literary repercussions, both of which appear inrecent decades to have diminished. Drawing on over sixty interviews, unpublished scripts, as well as rarely-consulted archival material, it shows - contrary to a good deal of cliched polemic and safe scholarly assessment - that Ulster Protestants have historically and continually demonstrated avigorous creative pulse as well as a tendency towards Left wing and class politics. St. John Ervine, Thomas Carnduff, John Hewitt, Sam Thompson, Stewart Parker, Graham Reid, Ron Hutchinson, Marie Jones, Christina Reid, and Gary Mitchell profoundly challenge as well as reflect their communities. Illuminating a diverse and conflicted culture stretching beyond Orange Order parades, the weaving together of the lives and work of each of the writers highlights mutual themes and insights on their identity, as if part of some grander tapestry of alternative twentieth-century Protestant culture.Ulster Protestantism's consistent delivery of such dissenting voices counters its monolithic and reactionary reputation.
Connal Parr studied Modern History at the University of Oxford and obtained his PhD in Ulster Protestant politics and culture at Queen's University Belfast in 2013. He was Irish Government Senior Scholar for 2014-15 at Hertford College, Oxford, and went on to convene and teach a course on 20th Century Europe at Fordham University's Lon...
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Title:Inventing the Myth: Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant ImaginationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:September 2, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198791593

ISBN - 13:9780198791591

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Words as Weapons: Northern Ireland's Ongoing Culture Wars2. The Strange Radicalism of Thomas Carnduff and St. John Ervine3. John Hewitt, Sam Thompson, and a Lost Labour Culture4. Stewart Parker, the UWC Strike of May 1974, and Prisons5. Ron Hutchinson, Graham Reid, and the Hard Eighties6. The Anger and Energy of Gary Mitchell7. Loyal Women? Christina Reid and Marie JonesConclusion