George J. Watson

CriticismCommentary

Life
Irish-born Professor of Engliah, Aberdeen Univ.; Author of Irish Identity and the Literary Revival (London: Croom Helm, 1979), including essays on Yeats, Joyce, O’Casey, et al.; also ‘Cultural Imperialism: An Irish View’, in Yale Review (Yale UP 1986); ‘Celticism and the Annulment of History’, Irish Studies Review (Winter 1994/5, pp.2-6.)

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Quotations
The Famine had produced not merely a tradition of emigration, but an inexorable drift to the towns. The last thing that many of these new town-dwellers wanted was to be reminded of the power and narrowness of the life that they left behind them in Ireland’s lonely countryside.’ (Irish Identity and the Literary Revival (London: Croom Helm, 1979, p.26.)

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