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Palgrave Macmillan

The Celtic Revival in Shakespeare's Wake

Appropriation and Cultural Politics in Ireland, 1867-1922

ISBN 9781137027658
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Appropriation emerged during the Celtic Revival as a singular mode of engaging with the Shakespearean text to conceptualise and frame national identities in Ireland using the English language. With The Celtic Revival in Shakespeare's Wake, Adam Putz has examined the ways in which the discourse of Anglo-Irish cultural politics shaped the Shakespeares of Matthew Arnold, Edward Dowden, and W. B. Yeats. His close readings underscore the instability of the binary oppositions upon which these writers relied to predicate their appropriations. However, Putz finds in James Joyce an urgent concern for the pernicious manner in which the discourse of Anglo-Irish cultural politics mediated the relationship with Shakespeare for a generation of Irish men and women. Therefore, Putz reconsiders periodization and literary inheritance, the nation and modernity in order to point up the contingency of those values located in and imposed upon Shakespeare during the Revival.

Adam Putz currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, USA. He earned his PhD from the University of Warwick. In 2012, he participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on 'James Joyce's Ulysses: Texts and Contexts' at Trinity College, Dublin. His previous awards include a bursary from the British Association for Irish Studies.

1. Matthew Arnold
2. Edward Dowden
3. W. B. Yeats
4. James Joyce


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