Synge and Edwardian Ireland

Hardcover | December 17, 2011

EditorBrian Cliff, Nicholas Grene

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The dramatic career of the Irish playwright J.M. Synge, from his first plays in 1902 to his premature death in 1909, almost exactly coincided with the years of Edward VII's reign. Those years have long been studied in a British context, but Synge and Edwardian Ireland is the first book toexplore the cultural life of Edwardian Ireland as a distinctive period. By emphasizing several less familiar Irish contexts for Synge's work - including a new sociological awareness, the rise of a local celebrity culture, an international theatre context, the arts and crafts movement, Irishclassical music, and comedic writing by Somerville and Ross - this collection shows how the Revival's preoccupation with folk culture intersected with the new networks of mass communication in the late imperial world. Although Synge is best known as a dramatist, this book concentrates on his prose and the ethnography of his photographs, the work in which his engagement with Edwardian Ireland can be most significantly seen. Often misunderstood as apolitical, Synge's writings and photography display a romanticresistance to modernity alongside their more accurate observations of contemporary conditions. It is through this ambivalent modernity that his work continued to haunt not just advocates like W.B. Yeats but even Synge's critics, including Padraig Pearse and James Joyce, all of whom were forced tocome to imaginative terms with Synge through their own work.This book aims to change readers' sense of Synge's significance, and by doing so to illuminate in a quite new way the era of Edwardian Ireland during this period of rapid modernization.

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The dramatic career of the Irish playwright J.M. Synge, from his first plays in 1902 to his premature death in 1909, almost exactly coincided with the years of Edward VII's reign. Those years have long been studied in a British context, but Synge and Edwardian Ireland is the first book toexplore the cultural life of Edwardian Ireland a...

Brian Cliff is Lecturer in Irish Studies and English at Trinity College, Dublin where he is a director of the undergraduate degree programme in Irish Studies. He has published extensively on contemporary Irish literature and is the co-editor (with Eibhear Walshe) of Representing the Troubles: Texts and Images, 1970-2000 (Dublin: Four C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:December 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsAcknowledgmentsList of IllustrationsR.F. Foster: ForewordBrian Cliff and Nicholas Grene: IntroductionPart I: Edwardian Ireland1. Terence Brown: The Edwardian Condition of Ireland2. Christopher Morash: Synge's Typewriter: the Technological Sublime in Edwardian Ireland3. Lucy McDiarmid: Stalking Yeats: the Celebrity System of Revivalist Dublin4. Adrian Frazier: Synge and Edwardian Theatre5. Nicola Gordon Bowe: Preserving the Relics of Heroic Time: Visualizing the Celtic Revival in Early Twentieth-Century Ireland6. Harry White: Synge, Music and Edwardian Dublin7. Julie Anne Stevens: Political Animals: Somerville and Ross and Percy French on Edwardian IrelandPart II Synge: Contexts and Comparisons8. David Fitzpatrick: Synge and Modernity in The Aran Islands9. Nicholas Allen: Synge, Reading, and Archipelago10. P.J. Mathews: Travelling Home: J.M. Synge and the Politics of Place11. Justin Carville: With his "Mind-guided Camera": J.M. Synge, J.J. Clarke and the Visual Politics of Edwardian Street Photography12. Anne Markey: The price of kelp in Connemara: Synge, Pearse, and the idealisation of folk culture13. Anne Fogarty: Ghostly Intertexts: James Joyce and the Legacy of SyngeBibliography