Week 7, Adulteration and a Nation, David Lloyd, (Castle)

November 12, 2007

“Imitating England but apparently hating it” are the illustrative words Douglas Hyde uses to describe the impact of British colonial domination on Irish cultural development. The intricacies and complexities of the de-anglicization of Ireland are noted. Particular attention is given in the initial section of the chapter to the difficulty experienced in developing a genuine national identity when the nation’s history is seen as “a series of unnatural ruptures and discontinuities” (402).

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