By D. Stubbings
Anglo-Irish Modernism and the Maternal argues specialise in the development of mother-figures in Irish tradition illuminates the intense success of the Irish modernists. primarily, the seminal Irish modernists—Moore, Joyce, Synge, Yeats, and O'Casey—resisted these mother-figures sanctioned by way of cultural discourses, re-writing her so as to elude her. during this, they not just re-constituted language and illustration, they accessed and re-figured and their very own artistic sleves.
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That such disturbance directs her towards a life within the Catholic Church should, of course, be read as no coincidence. 36 Summoned home by his mother, essentially to partake in that same sexual congress with a woman of his mother's choosing, John is repelled by his mother's realm, a world where boundaries and definition give way to soft, luxurious furniture and furnishings. He attempts physically to retreat by moving to a corner of the house;37 and this physical retreat reflects his desire to make an emotional and psychical escape.
The metaphor of mothers fatigued through the labour of child-bearing also is used to elucidate the Church's `spell' over, and employment of, the women of Ireland. The entanglement of language and religion was explicitly realized, as was the importance of establishing new versions of both if Ireland was to truly flourish. Yet Moore was unable to determine the means of establishing either; and the reason for this, I argue, is his lack of insight into his own creative processes. `A man of letters,' he notes in Salve, `.
It is only in the `fall' of May Gould in A Drama in Muslin that Moore paints a sympathetic portrait of the difficulty faced by the sexual woman in a society which refuses to recognize her: Every woman, or nearly every one, wants a husband and a home, and it is only natural she should, and if she doesn't get them the temptations she has to go through are something frightful, and if we make the slightest slip the whole world is down upon us. . 48 This failure of recognition passes over to the child, ensuring the child's death.
Anglo-Irish modernism and the maternal: from Yeats to Joyce by D. Stubbings