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Polish-Irish Encounters in the Old and New Europe

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Peter Lang

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Oxford ; New York, N.Y.


The problems Young Poland experienced in understanding the work of John Millington Synge were informed by precisely the same kind of behaviors that Daniel Corkery described in his argument for a truly native Irish national literature in the 1930s. Overcome by a strong sense of self, Poles were not fully able to appreciate the complexities and nuances of Synge's work and by extension, the Irish-Ireland movement. In the end, then, Young Poland was incapable of really understanding the Irish, and so the best they could do was to associate with them. As a result, Poles may have been able to appreciate Synge as an original dramatic talent, but his place in the repertoire of the Polish theatre would be limited to meeting the internal cultural needs of Young Poland in the decades leading up to Polish independence.


ISBN: 9783035301915


Author Posting © Peter Lang, 2011. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Peter Lang for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Reimagining Ireland: Polish-Irish Encounters in the Old and New Europe, 2011.

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