Contemporary Reflexions on the Irish Celtic Revival of the 19th century

Elisa Lima Abrantes


Currently there is a great deal of questioning of Ireland's alleged Celtic identity, especially with the great numbers of immigrants arriving in the country. As geneticists and archaeologists deny the myths of a true Celtic origin, the idea of identity as social construction comes out strengthened from this discussion. This article aims to deal with the nationalist movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Ireland and its influence on the establishment of the Free State in 1921 and subsequently of the Republic of Ireland in 1922. In order to illustrate the construction of the Celtic narrative in the invention of the Irish nation, some brief passages are presented from the book Mother Ireland (1976), written by the contemporary Irish writer Edna O'Brien. In it, the author makes use of parody to highlight the construct character of the nationalist discourses that created a Celtic identity for Ireland.


Celtic Revival, nationalism, national identity

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