Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism by Claire Nally

By Claire Nally

Even though W. B. Yeats is likely one of the such a lot over-theorised authors within the Irish canon, little try out has been made to situate his occult works within the political context of early twentieth-century eire. by way of comparing the 2 types of A imaginative and prescient, released in 1925 and 1937, this publication presents a strategy for figuring out the political and cultural impulses that educated Yeats’s engagement with the otherworld. the writer means that the Yeatsian occult operates very firmly in the political parameters of Irish nationalism, usually as a critique of the recent loose kingdom, or instead means of mythologising and inaugurating a brand new state country. The occult, faraway from being freed from all political concerns, registers the poet’s transferring allegiances, from the Celticism of the Nineties to his disenchantment with smooth eire within the unfastened State.
Through shut readings of Yeats’s manuscripts and his fundamental and significant works, together with an in depth evaluation of the often ignored dramatic texts, the writer seeks to strength a rethinking of the serious reception of the Yeatsian occult via modern theoretical advancements in postcolonialism, subjectivity, nationwide id and textual instability.

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The Bakhtin Reader: Selected Writings of Bakhtin, Medvedev, Voloshinov, ed.  117. Tzvetan Todorov, Mikhail Bakhtin: The Dialogical Principle, trans.  99. ‘In a Time of Civil War’ 37 There are events that, in principle cannot unfold on the plane of a single and unified consciousness, but presuppose two consciousnesses that do not fuse; they are events whose essential and constitutive element is the relation of a consciousness to another consciousness, precisely because it is other. Such are all events that are creatively productive, innovative, unique and irreversible.

B.  6. Citing The Permanence of Yeats, ed. J. Hall and M.  344. John R. Harrison, ‘What rough beast?  1–6, 1.  1.  157–70, 157. 60 I maintain it is critically naïve to detach the arcane from the political impulses in which it was produced. Declan Kiberd on the other hand, offers some way towards viewing A Vision as a political and cultural artefact: Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation61 discusses A Vision in terms of its antithetical schema, and suggests this represents the colonial relationship between Anglo and Celtic archetypes, whilst correlating the text with the aisling poetic tradition.

31 See D. P.  94–114.  45–7. 33 As noted earlier, a racially determined oppositional structure of Planter and Gael can always be problematised. Not only were the native Gaels far more racially hybridised than most Irish Irelanders were prepared to countenance, but also, the nation as a whole is composed of more than two divergent elements. As Max Weber comments, ‘it does not matter whether or not an objective blood relationship exists. ’34 It is also worth noting that many of the key nationalists of the period (Connolly, Gonne, Pearse, Childers) were of non-Irish origin.

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