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‘From the Congested Districts’: The Crow and the Golf Ball

Seán Hewitt

in J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

While travelling in the ‘Congested Districts’ of Mayo and Connemara with Jack Yeats in early summer 1905, on commission for TheManchester Guardian, Synge wrote a short vignette which he later added ... More


Degeneration, Eugenics, and The Playboy of the Western World

Seán Hewitt

in J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers Synge’s controversial, riot-inducing masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World (1907). Playboy, as a form of discursive retribution against certain restrictive politics, ... More


The Wicklow Essays: Science, Nature, and the Re-enchanted World

Seán Hewitt

in J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter focuses on the essays Synge wrote and revised over a decade (1898–1908) during his travels in Wicklow. Beginning with a discussion of Synge’s engagement with natural history, and his ... More


Introduction

Seán Hewitt

in J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The introduction outlines Synge’s main aesthetic, philosophical and spiritual values, drawing on archival material and early texts to emphasise the importance of a connection to, and harmony with, ... More


Dialectics, Irony, and The Well of the Saints

Seán Hewitt

in J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Beginning with a reading of a short manuscript fragment, A Rabelaisian Rhapsody (1898–1900), this chapter shows that this short dramatic dialogue affords us a unique and overlooked insight into the ... More


‘A Black Knot’: Temporalities in the One-act Plays

Seán Hewitt

in J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter develops the tensions inherent in Synge’s early works towards an understanding of his formal innovation, asserting the ‘time pressure’ of his one-act plays as a dimension of his response ... More


A “Brutal” Deirdre: Molly Allgood’s Body and Deirdre of the Sorrows

Elizabeth Brewer Redwine

in Gender, Performance, and Authorship at the Abbey Theatre

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780192896346
eISBN:
9780191918780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896346.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Molly Allgood helped Synge with Deirdre of the Sorrows, discussing drafts with him, performing scenes he was struggling to write, even as he neared death in his hospital room, and helping to access ... More


Cyclical Violence: The Irish Insurrection and the Limits of Enchantment

Sarah Cole

in At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195389616
eISBN:
9780199979226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389616.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter takes as its scope the substantial canon of Irish literature in the first decades of the twentieth century that engaged intimately with violence. It argues that the expression of ... More


A Temper of Misgiving: W. B. Yeats and the Ireland of Synge’s Time

Ben Levitas

in Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198748274
eISBN:
9780191810930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748274.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This essay explores how W. B. Yeats was defined in the early twentieth century not just by his own work, but in his public representation of J. M. Synge’s. It suggests that as Yeats’s view on ... More


Conclusion

Seán Hewitt

in J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Returning to Synge’s first completed play, the Conclusion shows that despite its clunky construction and heavy-handed didacticism, When the Moon Has Set (1900–3) contains the kernels of many of the ... More


J. M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism

Seán Hewitt

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198862093
eISBN:
9780191894794
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862093.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This is a complete study of the works of the Irish playwright, travel writer, and poet J. M. Synge (1871–1909). A key and controversial figure in the Irish Literary Revival, and specifically in the ... More


Literature in English, 1921–84

Vivian Mercier

in A New History of Ireland Volume VII: Ireland 1921-84

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198217527
eISBN:
9780191678240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217527.003.0018
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The rubric ‘literature and society’, which seems irrelevant to much of the literary work produced in the period 1891–1921, comes into its own from 1922 onwards. Whereas the plays of William Butler ... More


Riot at the Rep

in Irish Birmingham: A History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846314742
eISBN:
9781846316043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846314742.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter first describes Irish protesters' disruption of the performance of a J. M. Synge's play entitled The Tinker's Wedding at the new Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 15 May 1917. During the ... More


Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation

Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813036519
eISBN:
9780813038827
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813036519.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

George Bernard Shaw has always been regarded as a political provocateur and socialist with ideas that reflected a complicated public philosophy. Scholarship abounds on Shaw's politics, but this study ... More


Deliberate Orphans

Frank Lentricchia and Jody McAuliffe

in Crimes of Art + Terror

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226472058
eISBN:
9780226472089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226472089.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes Herman Melville's novella Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street; J. M. Synge's play The Playboy of the Western World, and Thomas Bernhard's Wittgenstein's Nephew.


Modernity's Edge: Speaking Silence on the Blaskets

Mark Quigley

in Empire's Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245444
eISBN:
9780823252565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245444.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the Gaelic autobiographies emerging from the Blasket Islands in the late 1920s and early 1930s and argues that they offer a crucial reassessment of the modernist aesthetic ... More


Abjection and the Irish-Greek Fir Bolg in Aran Island Writing

Arabella Currie

in Classics and Irish Politics, 1916-2016

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198864486
eISBN:
9780191896583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198864486.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, British and Irish History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter analyses the reception history of the Fir Bolg, a legendary Irish people who sought refuge in Greece, were enslaved there, rebelled, and returned to Ireland where they were driven to the ... More


Conclusion

Anne Witchard

in Lao She in London

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139606
eISBN:
9789882208643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139606.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

After the international success of Rickshaw Boy, Lao She returned from the US to Mao's China in 1949 with high hopes. Welcomed back by his comrade from Chongqing days, Zhou Enlai, he was accorded the ... More


Gender, Performance, and Authorship at the Abbey Theatre

Elizabeth Brewer Redwine

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780192896346
eISBN:
9780191918780
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896346.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Gender, Performance, and Authorship offers a different way to consider the creation of the major characters of the Abbey Theatre, holding the lines between writing and performing up to scrutiny, and ... More


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