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Arthur Griffith and the Great Game

Cóilín Owens

in Before Daybreak

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780813042473
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813051567 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813042473.003.0004
Arthur Griffith and the Great Game

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Chapter 4 offers an examination of the domestic and international political circumstances surrounding the story. These include the contemporary debate over the Wyndham (Land) Act and the Dublin visit of King Edward VII, and Arthur Griffith's radical nationalist critique of the imperial political theater featuring the Gordon Bennett Cup Race and the royal visit in July 1903. Through the figure of the Hungarian Villona, Joyce clearly summons an allegorical reference to the devolutionary strategy of Griffith's Resurrection of Hungary. The relationship of the story to Halford Mackinder's influential essay, “The Pivot of History,” Rudyard Kipling's Kim (1901), and the Englishman Routh's proposal to end the evening with “one great game” connects the action with the Great Game for global dominance.

Keywords: Arthur Griffith; Resurrection of Hungary; Halford Mackinder; the Great Game; the Great Famine; Wyndham Act

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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