By Marjorie Howes
Marjorie Howes' examine is the 1st sustained try to research Yeats' non-stop look for political origins and cultural traditions throughout the most up-to-date paintings in postcolonial concept. She explores the complicated, usually contradictory methods Yeats' politics are refracted via his writing. Yeats' enthusiastic advocacy of the idea that of nationality clashed along with his distaste for the dominant and particular types of Irish id surrounding him. Her learn might be of curiosity to all attracted to Irish reviews, postcolonial conception, and the connection among nationalism and sexuality.
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8 Thus in one important set of imperialist discourses, Ireland epitomized the domestic problems the British hoped the empire would help solve, rather than a foreign ground for expansion. Finally, in the nineteenth century British domination of Ireland entered a phase that relied increasingly on integrating the Irish into the state, resorting to coercion largely when conciliation and assimilation were perceived to have failed. Catholic emancipation made this development inevitable. Advocating integration was both a positive British strategy and a response to the economic and social integration for which Catholic emancipation paved the way.
Arnold's version of this dialectic enabled him to use an argument about racial and cultural separatism in the service of an argument for political integration. "17 The gendering of Celt and Saxon also revealed the important role sexuality played in Arnold's model of political integration as imperial romance and in his insistence that the English should become capable of "attaching" the Irish. What Julian Moynahan has called the "confusion in the midVictorian mind ... between ideas of Celtic nature and of woman's nature" 18 often related them through a third term - illness, particularly nervous illness.
However, merely to say that Yeats's acceptance, both overt and covert, of the Celt's femininity indicates his alliance with Arnoldian That sweet insinuating feminine voice imperialism would be to succumb to Arnold's characterization of the relationship between race and gender in Ireland rather than to analyze it. On another level, it suggests a series of relations to imperialism that highlight one of the deep structures that often link colonial and anti-colonial discourses: the equation of masculinity with racial superiority and political nationhood.