War and Revolution

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:
War and Revolution

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This chapter looks at the effects of the Great War through the shambles of defeated Irish labor and considers how war divided Irish socialistic thought as epitomized by Shaw and Connolly. Committing himself to the defeat of German militarism, Shaw argued for Irishmen to enlist in the British military. The nationalized Connolly instead viewed the war as the collapse of socialist internationalism, as laborers and socialists throughout Europe enlisted in the imperial and capitalist armies. In this context, Shaw wrote his second Irish play, O'Flaherty V.C. As he had countered a Synge play in 1904, and in turn was countered by another Synge play, Shaw turned again to Synge in 1915, writing a Syngeanstructured un-Syngean ideological play. Arguably, O'Flaherty V.C. in 1915 rivaled John Bull's Other Island for its supreme Shavian joke which, had it premiered in 1915 Dublin, would have brilliantly satirized Synge's foes.

Keywords: Great War; Irish labor; Shaw; Connolly; German militarism

Chapter.  20140 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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