The Celtic Fringe, the British Empire, and De-Anglicization
Haunted English explores the role of language in colonization and decolonization by examining how Anglo-Celtic modernists W. B. Yeats, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Marianne Moore "de-Anglicize" their literary vernaculars. Laura O'Connor demonstrates how the poets’ struggles with and through the colonial tongue are discernible in their signature styles, using aspects of those styles to theorize the dynamics of linguistic imperialism—as both a distinct process and an integral part of cultural imperialism.
O'Connor argues that the advance of the English Pale and the accompanying translation of the receding Gaelic culture into a romanticized Celtic Fringe represents multilingual British culture as if it were exclusively English-speaking and yet registers, on a subliminal level, some of the cultural losses entailed by English-only Anglicization. Taking the fin-de-siècle movements of the Gaelic revival and the Irish Literary Renaissance as her point of departure, O'Connor examines the effort to undo cultural cringe through language and literary activism.
About the Author
Laura O’Connor is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California–Irvine.
"This is a promising contribution to an expanding discipline."
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"Haunted English is precisely the type of scholarly work that one hopes to encounter in one's field: a book that is smart, engaging, and intellectually provocative."
"Haunted English is an often brilliant account of how three modernist poetries contributed to the global decline of Anglocentrism... Essential for anyone looking for fresh interpretations of Yeats, MacDiarmid, or Moore, it will also interest readers concerned with the promises and challenges of writing transnational literary criticism."
"Insightful, scintillating, attentive to every nuance... O'connor's study will reward greatly anyone interested in the critical revivalism that is both her subject and her inheritance."
"Valuable and original work that participates in some of the most exciting and forward-looking trends in current Irish and literary studies."
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