Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism (Reimagining Ireland)

Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism (Reimagining Ireland)

Claire Nally


even supposing W. B. Yeats is likely one of the so much over-theorised authors within the Irish canon, little try 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 Vision, released in 1925 and 1937, this ebook presents a strategy for figuring out the political and cultural impulses that expert 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 nation, or instead approach of mythologising and inaugurating a brand new state nation. The occult, faraway from being freed from all political concerns, registers the poet’s moving allegiances, from the Celticism of the Nineties to his disenchantment with smooth eire within the loose State.
via shut readings of Yeats’s manuscripts and his basic and demanding works, together with a detailed evaluate 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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