Nation States

Nation States : The Cultures of Irish Nationalism

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Drawing on diverse cultural forms, and ranging across disciplinary boundaries, Nation States maps the contested cultural terrain of Irish nationalism from the Act of Union of 1800 to the present. In looking at Irish nationalism as a site of struggle, Mays examines both the myriad ways in which the nation fashions itself as the a priori ground of identity, and those processes through which nationalism engenders an ostensibly unique national identity corresponding to one and only one nation-state, the place where we always have been, and can only ever be, "at home."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 161 x 239 x 24mm | 476g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739111353
  • 9780739111352

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Michael Mays' book is a distinguished and original contribution to the current critical confluence of Irish cultural, social, political, and literary history. Mays has unified these elements through a lucid and continuous scholarly narrative marked by a non-pedantic use of primary sources and a fine use of critical theory subordinate to his primary style of presentation. Especially useful is Mays' questioning and judicious use of 'postcolonial' theory and his discussions of modern Irish literature; his crisp and interesting insights regarding Yeats are worth the price of admission. It is the only scholarly work in its genre which I find appropriate for both advanced scholarship and the pleasure of the informed general reader. I unreservedly recommend this excellent book. -- Tom Hofheinz, Author of Joyce and the Invention of Irish History: Finnegans Wake in Context May's account of the general history of Irish nationalism is efficient, well written, and engaging. Anyone coming to the topic of Irish nationalism for the first time would certainly find Nation States illuminating and helpful. Mays's accounts of the nationalist projects of Pearse and De Valera are particularly useful, being rich, economical, and intelligent...Nation States is a brace and intelligent attempt to tackle a large and important topic in an engaging manner. Students, in particular, will learn much from the author's subtle and well-informed account of Irish culture and history. -- Andrew Murphy, University of St. Andrews Modern Philology, May 2011show more

About Michael Mays

Michael Mays is associate professor and Chair of English at the University of Southern more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Irish Culture Chapter 2 National Memory and Postcolonial Nonsense Chapter 3 "A Nation Once Again"?: The Dislocations and Displacements of Irish Nationalist Memory Chapter 4 The Ends of Cultural Nationalism and the Limits of Nationalist Culture Chapter 5 Ourselves Alone? Chapter 6 Homeland Chapter 7 The Troubled State Chapter 8 Afterword: Irish Identity in an Age of Globalizationshow more

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