Classics and Irish Politics: Introduction

Isabelle Torrance, Donncha O'Rourke

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This chapter provides a contextualized overview of the contents of the book Classics and Irish Politics, 1916-2016. Rather than summarizing each chapter in order of appearance and according to the subsections of the volume, the introduction draws alternative thematic connections across the different chapters. Strands of interpretation include: the different political implications of Irish authors identifying with Greece, Rome, or indeed Carthage; the imperial contexts of neoclassical architecture; pivotal figures such as Patrick Pearse, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Seamus Heaney; the significance of the Irish Literary Revival and the Irish language; classical reception vs. the classical tradition as a theoretical framework; the Classics in Irish education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClassics and Irish Politics, 1916-2016
EditorsIsabelle Torrance, Donncha O'Rourke
Number of pages25
Place of publicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication dateNov 2020
ISBN (Print)9780198864486
ISBN (Electronic)9780198864486
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Classical reception
  • Irish language
  • Irish literary revival
  • Irish politics
  • James Joyce
  • Patrick pearse
  • Seamus heaney
  • W. B. Yeats


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