A portrait of the chief as a general paralytic: rhetorics of sexual pathology in the Parnell split*

  title={A portrait of the chief as a general paralytic: rhetorics of sexual pathology in the Parnell split*},
  author={Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston},
  journal={Irish Studies Review},
  pages={472 - 492}
  • L. Houston
  • Published 4 September 2017
  • Sociology
  • Irish Studies Review
Abstract The O’Shea trial and the ensuing fall of Charles Stewart Parnell occupy an epochal position in accounts of the sexual politics of Victorian Britain and the development of Irish nationalism. This article examines how the “Parnell myth” came to serve (and was constructed from the outset) as a symbolic edifice within which anxieties concerning the relationship between Irishness and sexuality could be foregrounded and negotiated. In particular, it will analyse Timothy Healy’s influential… 



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