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Genders and Sexualities in History

Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, 1884-1938

Authors: Beatty, Aidan

  • Awarded the James S. Donnelly Prize for Best Book in History and Social Science at the American Conference for Irish Studies 2017
  • Draws on multi-language archival sources to show the efforts of Irish nationalists to remake themselves
  • Shows how these efforts attempted to counter colonial notions of English superiority and Irish inferiority
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This book is a comparative study of masculinity and white racial identity in Irish nationalism and Zionism. It analyses how both national movements sought to refute widespread anti-Irish or anti-Jewish stereotypes and create more prideful (and highly gendered) images of their respective nations. Drawing on English-, Irish-, and Hebrew-language archival sources, Aidan Beatty traces how male Irish nationalists sought to remake themselves as a proudly Gaelic-speaking race, rooted both in their national past as well as in the spaces and agricultural soil of Ireland.  On the one hand, this was an attempt to refute contemporary British colonial notions that they were somehow a racially inferior or uncomfortably hybridised people. But this is also presented in the light of the general history of European nationalism; nationalist movements across Europe often crafted romanticised images of the nation’s past and Irish nationalism was thus simultaneously European and postcolonial. It is this that makes Irish nationalism similar to Zionism, a movement that sought to create a more idealized image of the Jewish past that would disprove contemporary anti-Semitic stereotypes.

About the authors

Aidan Beatty is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Reviews

“This volume will find appreciative readers not only within Irish and Zionist studies, but in fields more broadly concerned with questions of nationalism and gender. For those concerned with the practical value of work on history, this book's publication is all the more important when one considers not only the centenary of the Irish revolutionary period, but more significantly, the rise of sexist nationalism around the globe.” (Charles Clements, breac.nd.edu, October, 2017)


“This comparative analysis of Irish nationalism and Zionism has a compelling narrative drive. In its treatment of territory, language and state ethos, an interpretative audacity on questions of gender is chastened only by sound scholarly scruple and a tremendous archival rigour. The work is done on that difficult but challenging borderland between cultural and historical studies. It will prompt many exponents of colonial and postcolonial theory to review many of their assumptions.” (Declan Kiberd, author of Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation)

“Beatty provides an innovative analysis of masculinized nationalism in Ireland. By unpacking key Irish case studies he demonstrates how the circulation of “muscular” ideals constructed a “proper” political manhood in Ireland. His approach—which includes a thoughtful comparison with Zionism—serves as a model for future historical studies of manhood and nation.” (Sikata Banerjee, author of Muscular Nationalism:  Gender, Violence, and Empire in India and Ireland)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Beatty, Aidan

    Pages 1-19

  • Time, Gender and the Politics of National Liberation, 1916–1923

    Beatty, Aidan

    Pages 21-56

  • Organised Manhood

    Beatty, Aidan

    Pages 57-90

  • The Genders of Nationalist Space

    Beatty, Aidan

    Pages 91-119

  • National Sovereignty, Male Power and the Irish Language

    Beatty, Aidan

    Pages 121-152

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Hardcover $100.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, 1884-1938
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44101-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44101-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44099-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 266
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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