Progress and Identity in the Plays of W.B. Yeats, 1892-1907

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 189 pages
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Progress and Identity in the Poems of W. B. Yeats explores the ways in which Yeats's plays offer an alternative form of progress via a philosophical system of opposites: Always seeking the opposite, the nature of which changes as we change, we continually augment our personalities, and ultimately improve society, with the inclusion of the Other. This system, which eventually became Yeats's doctrine of the mask, provided his contemporaries with a method of changing what science, Platonism, and Victorian bourgeois ideologies claimed to be inescapable qualities of self. Progress and Identityn relocates Yeats'sliterary, social, and political relevance from hisessentializing cultural nationalism to his later, morebroad-minded definitions of progress.

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Contents

CHAPTER
29
CHAPTER THREE
57
CHAPTER FOUR
89
CHAPTER FIVE
129
NOTES
157
BIBLIOGRAPHY
173
INDEX
187
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