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Utopianism in eighteenth-century Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Moylan, Tom
dc.contributor.advisor Griffin, Michael Ní Chuanacháin, Deirdre 2014-01-15T11:59:58Z 2014-01-15T11:59:58Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The utopian propensity, the impulse to a better world, is found throughout human culture. However, its expression is necessarily historically and culturally variable. The leitmotif on which utopianism in Ireland is based has an extensive and varied pre-history to be found in travellers’ tales, the oral tradition of the Celtic Otherworld and in the early vision poems which reached their apotheosis in the political aisling of the eighteenth century. Moreover, in the political realm, the vision of a nation, lost or not yet won, resonates in speeches, songs, manifestos. The emergent utopianism of the eighteenth century is predicated on both memory and reflections of the past as well as on visions for the future. These memories and reflections have been imagined and re-imagined in many different cultural forms, both in texts and in social practice. They move from dialogue to satire, from aisling to polemic, from visions of a golden age, to an imagined Eden far away to realistic discourses of improvement, self-reliance and patriotism. This thesis explores these varieties of utopianism in eighteenth-century Ireland. Based on what is recoverable and what has been recovered to date, I argue that a distinct utopianism emerged in the early decades of the eighteenth-century based on the improving visions of the Dublin Society. The imperative to improve, the interface between the languages, Irish and English, between the cultures of the Catholic and Protestant communities, and between colonial and anti-colonial writings permeate the spaces of eighteenthcentury Irish utopianism. Utopianism, beyond all the definitional difficulties, is basically a process, one that is continually being reworked. The philosophy of Irish utopianism of the eighteenth century matured steadily during the subsequent centuries and contributed, I suggest, to the formation of an identifiably modern society in Ireland. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject utopianism en_US
dc.subject eighteenth-century Ireland en_US
dc.title Utopianism in eighteenth-century Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
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dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
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