LAZY IDLE SCHEMERS: IRISH MODERNISM AND THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF IDLENESS, by Gregory Dobbins

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LAZY IDLE SCHEMERS: IRISH MODERNISM AND THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF IDLENESS, by Gregory Dobbins

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Field Day Files Series: no. 6

Published by Field Day in association with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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Gregory Dobbins here redraws some of the contours of Irish literary modernism, especially as it developed in Ireland in the first half of the twentieth century

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Within Irish modernism, originating with Wilde and further developed, especially by means of formal experiments in narration, by Joyce, Beckett and Flann O’Brien, lies an alternative version of modernity which gives to an historically complex concept of idleness the centrality that capitalism and nationalism give to work. Other writers, Yeats and Eimar O’Duffy among them, elaborated a role for the intellectual in the formation of the State, but this was consistently challenged by the notion that labour and work have an oblique and often sterilizing impact on creativity and emancipatory politics. Gregory Dobbins here redraws some of the contours of modernism, especially as it developed in Ireland in the first half of the twentieth century.

 

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