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Synge and Synge: Science and Irish Modernism

Synge and Synge: Science and Irish Modernism <jats:p> Irish modernism from the Celtic Revival to the Republic of Ireland mobilized cultures of science and literature towards the larger goal of national independence. Focusing on the literary work of J. M. Synge and the popular science of his nephew J. L. Synge, I argue that a defining characteristic of the Irish modernist is the ability to mediate between literary and scientific discourses. Such a combined fluency serves to temper the Utopian impulses of Irish nationalism as well as the increasing rationalization of life that occurs during modernization. This modernist sensibility promotes cosmopolitan cultural understanding to validate a resilient national Irish identity upon an international stage. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Synge and Synge: Science and Irish Modernism

Modernist Cultures , Volume 10 (2): 178 – Jul 1, 2015

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2015
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2015.0108
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Abstract

<jats:p> Irish modernism from the Celtic Revival to the Republic of Ireland mobilized cultures of science and literature towards the larger goal of national independence. Focusing on the literary work of J. M. Synge and the popular science of his nephew J. L. Synge, I argue that a defining characteristic of the Irish modernist is the ability to mediate between literary and scientific discourses. Such a combined fluency serves to temper the Utopian impulses of Irish nationalism as well as the increasing rationalization of life that occurs during modernization. This modernist sensibility promotes cosmopolitan cultural understanding to validate a resilient national Irish identity upon an international stage. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2015

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