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Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture$
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John Brannigan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638833

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638833.001.0001

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Face Value: Racial Typology and Irish Modernism

Face Value: Racial Typology and Irish Modernism

(p.78) Chapter 2 Face Value: Racial Typology and Irish Modernism
Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture

John Brannigan

Edinburgh University Press

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

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