Primitivism, Science, and the Irish Revival by Sinead Garrigan Mattar

Primitivism, Science, and the Irish Revival

bySinead Garrigan Mattar

Hardcover | February 26, 2004

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The literature of the Irish Revival of the 1890s should be seen as a hinge between the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. Its authors appropriated the 'primitive' through the lenses of comparative anthropology, mythology and colonial travel-writing and actively strove to re-establish contactwith primitive modes through 'the study of mythology, anthropology and psychoanalysis'. They were engaged in was a complex and volitional primitivism, which became 'modernist' as it utilized the findings of social science. The works of W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge and Lady Gregory are all analysed asthe product of such influences. But Garrigan Mattar also suggests that Celticism itself underwent a sea-change during the nineteenth century, recreating itself in academic circles as an anti-primitivist science - 'Celtology'. It was only to be a matter of time before Yeats and Synge, who read widelyin the works of Celtology, would look to this new science to find alternatives to the primitivism of the Twilight.

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Sinead Garrigan Mattar is a Drapers Company Research Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

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Title:Primitivism, Science, and the Irish RevivalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:298 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:February 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Rise of Celtology2. Yeats, Celticism, and Comparitive Science3. Yeat's Ritual of Revolt4. The Passing of the Shee: John Millington Synge5. Lady Gregory: The Primitive PicturesqueConclusion