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1 CULTURE AND LITERATURE BŐDY EDIT 2013/2014 Language and Identity – Ireland and Northern-Ireland

2 Preliminary information – historical bg. 1800: Act of Union (Union of Great Britain and the Irish Kingdom) and its consequences : potato blight, starvation, emigration → drastic decrease in population Late 19 th century: fight for Home Rule (Charles Stuart Parnell) 1916: Easter: Easter Rising

3 Historical bg : Civil War, Irish Free State in 1922 (1937: renamed itself as Ireland and declared itself republic in 1949) Northern-Ireland: : - limited independence, - Protestant, Unionist government in Belfast : direct British rule : Anglo-Irish Agreement, : Belfast Agreement: more freedom, cooperation bw. London and Belfast.

4 Relevant issues concerning culture Language: as a consequence of British colonization the Irish (Gaelic) language virtually disappears in the th centuries Efforts to revive Gaelic Irish Literature: revival in the th c.: romantic tendencies → Claim for a national culture including literature. Turn of the th centuries: Irish Renaissance, especially in drama-writing and staging.

5 Language and identity in the 20 th century and contemporary dramas Late 19 th century: independence movements and cultural ones are intertwined. Cultural renaissance In play-writing: to write Irish national plays – mostly in English, sometimes in Irish. Organising figures: W. B. Yeats and his circle, especially Lady Augusta Gregory. 1904: foundation of the Abbey Theatre

6 Language The dilemma whether to write in English or Irish In most cases: compromises Common aim: an understandable language evoking the impression of hearing or reading the plays in Gaelic Irish. Earlier solutions (Abbey-writers): - Lady Gregory: English + Kiltartan dialect - John Millington Synge: a very complex dialect - English and dialects from Wicklow, Kerry and Galway. - John O’Casey: Dublin dialect of poor classes + Gaelic words

7 Language Contemporary literature: in general the same method: to mix English with a Gaelic dialect. - Brendan Behan and Hugh Leonard: Dublin dialect (like O’Casey) - George Fitzmaurice and John B. Keane: Kerry dialect - Brian Friel: Derry dialect

8 Irish English (Hiberno-English) language today Is gradually losing its Gaelic heritage and is becoming similar to standard English → Bigger challenge for the authors Strange phenomena: eg. the work of Eugene Watters / Eoghan O’Tuairisc as a symbol of the language dilemma.


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