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Synge, Reading, and Archipelago

Nicholas Allen

in Synge and Edwardian Ireland

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609888
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731778 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609888.003.0010
Synge, Reading, and Archipelago

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Reading is a key activity in Synge’s plays. The printed word networked Ireland into a global system of news exchange. In this sense, the popular press is a written trace of the complex, contested and evolving relations that shaped the late imperial Anglophone world. Synge’s engagement with this press, and with ideas of visual and printed communication, reveals part of his own relationship to this textual economy. Following forms of reading through the serial appearance of newspapers and journals, I argue that the situation of Synge’s work in Aran, or Ireland, suggests its position in a global archipelago that runs in chain internationally through the distribution networks of empire and its cultural diasporas.

Keywords: archipelago; empire; reading; exchange; art; Jack Yeats

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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