Mother England, Mother Ireland : national allegory and maternal authority in Anglo-Irish literature and culture, 1880-1922

Bobotis, Andrea Christina, Department of English, University of Virginia
Luftig, Victor, Department of English, University of Virginia
Booth, Alison, Department of English, University of Virginia
Chase Levenson, Karen, Department of English, University of Virginia

"Mother England, Mother Ireland" proposes a new way of reading allegories of nation-building and national identity in Anglo-Irish literature at the end of the nineteenth century. I argue that authors who claimed affiliations with both England and Ireland (Maud Gonne, Lady Augusta Gregory, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde) exploited the capacity of allegory to infiltrate a range of genres and, in doing so, discovered hidden potential in the links between motherhood and motherland. Examining nonfiction, novels, drama, speeches, and public spectacles, I show how these writers adapted allegorical representations of Ireland as a mother not only to confront Ireland's vexed political and cultural relationship with England, but also to explore cross-cultural links between Ireland and Britain's outlying colonies.

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PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)

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