Advent of the Everyday Cathleen: Katharine Tynan and Motifs of Irish Identity 1911-1921

Hedberg, Kristen (2023) Advent of the Everyday Cathleen: Katharine Tynan and Motifs of Irish Identity 1911-1921. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Katharine Tynan (1859-1931), an esteemed author in the forefront of the Irish Literary Revival, frequented the social, political, and artistic circles of colleagues such as W.B. Yeats and George Russell (AE); alongside her male counterparts, she fostered friendships and collaborated in reciprocal mentorships that cultivated and promoted a renewed Irish identity in contrast to England’s anglicization of Irish culture, attempting through literature to instill a sense of political, national and cultural pride in Ireland’s people. However, in the 1890s, Tynan moved to England and spent eighteen years of her career there before returning home, during which time she became disconnected from the politics of a changing Ireland, resulting in confusion and disillusionment upon her return. This research will contextualize Tynan’s unique and important literary contributions during the revolutionary decade in Ireland (1911- 1921), one in which she appears politically ambiguous and at times contradictory. Tynan’s poems and novels are infused with themes of Irish identity revealed through storytelling, superstition, religion, motherhood, spirit and landscape, and female personifications of Ireland, including her creation of an ‘everyday’ Cathleen Ni Houlihan.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irish identity, feminine personification Ireland, Katharine Tynan
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Kristen Hedberg
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 12:48
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 12:48

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