Yeatss Nations: Gender, Class, and Irishness by Marjorie HowesYeatss Nations: Gender, Class, and Irishness by Marjorie Howes

Yeatss Nations: Gender, Class, and Irishness

byMarjorie Howes

Paperback | January 13, 1999

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Marjorie Howes' study is the first sustained attempt to examine Yeats' continuous search for political origins and cultural traditions through the most recent work in postcolonial theory. She explores the complex, often contradictory ways Yeats' politics are refracted through his writing. Yeats' enthusiastic advocacy of the concept of nationality clashed with his distaste for the dominant and exclusive forms of Irish identity surrounding him. Her study will be of interest to all interested in Irish studies, postcolonial theory, and the relationship between nationalism and sexuality.
Title:Yeatss Nations: Gender, Class, and IrishnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:January 13, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521645271

ISBN - 13:9780521645270

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. That sweet insinuating feminine voice: hysterics, peasants and the Celtic movement; 2. Fair Erin as landlord: femininity and Anglo-Irish politics in 'The Countess Cathleen'; 3. When the mob becomes a people: nationalism and occult theatre; 4. In the bedroom of the big house: kindred, crisis and Anglo-Irish nationality; 5. Desiring women: feminine sexuality and Irish nationality in 'A Woman Young and Old'; 6. The rule of kindred: eugenics, Purgatory and Yeats's race philosophy; Bibliography.

From Our Editors

Few islands as small as Ireland have generated so many writers who challenge the norm. Marjorie Howes looks at Yeats’ substantial contribution to the literary face of this remarkable country. Yeats’s Nations examines how his poetry relates to his politics and how this struggle affects his creative energy. This is a very revealing look at how Yeats’ search for political and cultural traditions mirrors post-colonial theory.

Editorial Reviews

"Howes's very fine book significantly advances that discussion by showing how ideas of gender and class intersect with the various ways in which Yeats imagines Irish nationality." G. Grieve-Carlson, Choice