Fin de Siècle na Gaeilge: Darwin, An Athbheochan agus Smaointeoireacht na hEorpa is an intellectual history of the Irish Language Revival. Exploring fin de siècle themes including Darwinism, degeneration, racial hybridity, race extermination, cultural decline and cultural nationalism as manifested in the latter half of the nineteenth-century, this ground-breaking study charts how these concerns created a cultural and intellectual environment receptive to the Irish revival of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century. Drawing on new material from newspapers such as the New York Times, An Claidheamh Soluis, Fáinne an Lae and Irisleabhar na Gaedhilge, it investigates the impact of contemporary European debates on issues such as grammar, orthography, dialect, fonts, cultural criticism and literary production.
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