|Title:||An Uncanny Myth of Ireland : The Spectralisation of Cuchulain's Body in W.B. Yeats's Plays (2017)|
|Authors:||Zsuzsanna BALAZS, Author|
|In :||Etudes irlandaises (Vol 42 n 1 Printemps-été 2017)|
|Article on page:||p. 61-75|
This paper addresses William Butler Yeats’s dramatisation of his life-long interest in the invisible realm and an ideal Irish aristocracy in his five Cuchulain plays. I wish to illustrate how Yeats expresses his increasing ambiguities over the cultural and political capacities of the Anglo-Irish Protestant Ascendancy through the changes of the Irish warrior-hero Cuchulain’s body and the growing predominance and influence of the spectral world on his bodily integrity. Even though Cuchulain is generally referred to as the embodiment of Irish national identity and the ideal aristocrat in Yeats’s works, I would like to point out those aspects of his Cuchulain-story, where this idealised narrative of Ireland and the Ascendancy seems to be challenged.
|Publishing country :||France|