Face Value: Racial Typology and Irish Modernism

John Brannigan

in Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638833
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651801 | DOI:
Face Value: Racial Typology and Irish Modernism

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This chapter reviews the relationship of Irish political and cultural discourses and the ‘sciences’ of racial typology during the 1930s. It argues that the connection between the typologies of the Irish ‘race’ and state nationalism is probably a more important context for certain forms of late modernist writing and art in Ireland than has previously been acknowledged. The chapter determines that face was a central figure in the cultural imagination of Ireland, both in the revival and post-independence periods.

Keywords: political discourses; cultural discourses; racial typology; Irish race; state nationalism; late modernist; cultural imagination; face

Chapter.  28122 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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