Happy, Vigorous, Spiritual; De Valera’s Fantasy in the Abbey Theatre

Ireland has, through the arts and its cultural heritage, often been perceived as a fantasy country; fantasy in the sense that it is often depicted in a simplified, romanticized fashion. This can be seen in William Butler Yeats’s and Lady Gregory’s rendition of Ireland as the romantic heroine Cathleen Ni Houlihan, or in the prevalence … Read moreHappy, Vigorous, Spiritual; De Valera’s Fantasy in the Abbey Theatre

The Prosopopoeia of Ireland as a Woman: A Double-Edged Sword for Irish Nationalism

The Irish Literary Revival has been about promoting a National consciousness, leaving the recurring English stereotypes of Ireland behind, and striving for new beginnings with a free Irish State. Ireland had oftentimes been subjected to two tropes. The first was the loathsome “Stage-Irishman”, depicted as a cowardly drunk, and the second was the soft passive … Read moreThe Prosopopoeia of Ireland as a Woman: A Double-Edged Sword for Irish Nationalism

Gender Politics and Irish Nationalism in Cathleen Ni Houlihan

“I am writing a woman out of legend. I am thinking how new it is – this story. How hard it will be to tell” (Eavan Boland). Much of twentieth-century Irish literature engages in issues relating to gender. Although stereotypical representations of men and women were often core to many narratives, some authors chose to … Read moreGender Politics and Irish Nationalism in Cathleen Ni Houlihan

Be a Good Irishman, and Fight: An Analysis of William Butler Yeats’s Play Cathleen Ni Houlihan

Literary composition was a fueling element in the Irish nationalist movement of the early twentieth century. William Butler Yeats undoubtedly placed himself as a leader in the Irish Literary Revival. While Yeats’s nationalism was not as drastic as some revolutionaries whom he was, perhaps unenthusiastically, acquainted with, he often incorporates a strong commitment to Ireland … Read moreBe a Good Irishman, and Fight: An Analysis of William Butler Yeats’s Play Cathleen Ni Houlihan