Toward 1913 and the “Most Distinguished Irishman”—Shaw

Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

in Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036519
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038827 | DOI:
Toward 1913 and the “Most Distinguished Irishman”—Shaw

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This chapter moves out of Dublin theatres, in part, as Shaw delivered his lecture “The Poor Law and Destitution in Ireland” to Dubliners in the context of Connolly's elaborate reply to the Catholic Church's effort to stifle socialism, Labour, Nationality, and Religion. The difference between Shaw's lecture and Connolly's Church response touches on the very debate fostered by Shaw and Synge. Connolly then became involved in the Irish trade union movement, uniting it with socialist theory. The period was peppered with Shavian-influenced plays, entering themselves into the socialist debate. As the bourgeois Dubliners whom Shaw satirized, who were also the enemies of Synge's plays, moved against trade unionism, the 1913 Dublin Lockout commenced. The colossal Dublin struggle of labor against capitalism was under way, and Shaw's presence was at hand.

Keywords: Dublin theatres; Connolly; Shaw; Synge; Dubliners

Chapter.  16364 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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