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Ethnicity and Cultural AuthorityFrom Arnold to Du Bois$
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Daniel G. Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622054

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622054.001.0001

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Celticism, Aestheticism and Nationalism

Celticism, Aestheticism and Nationalism

(p.121) Chapter 3 Celticism, Aestheticism and Nationalism
Ethnicity and Cultural Authority

W. B. Yeats

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between culture and ethnicity within W. B. Yeats's idea of ‘the Celt’. It is primarily focused on the 1890s and the early 1900s, and considers the role of Yeats's Celticism within the political and cultural debates of that period. The chapter presents an account of Celticism that uses an approach which looks at the complicated interrelationships between culture and ethnicity within the four nations of the British Isles. It determines that Yeats's Celticism has its aesthetic bases in Arnold's Celtic essays and in London literary corruption, while its political roots are in the Irish nationalist tradition and in a Ruskinian anti-industrialism.

Keywords:   Celticism, W. B. Yeats, the Celt, political debates, cultural debates, British Isles, Celtic essays, literary corruption, nationalist tradition, anti-industrialism

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