Synge's Riders to the Sea: Island as Cultural Battleground

@article{Leder1990SyngesRT,
  title={Synge's Riders to the Sea: Island as Cultural Battleground},
  author={Judith Remy Leder},
  journal={Nineteenth-Century Literature},
  year={1990},
  volume={36},
  pages={207}
}
  • J. Leder
  • Published 22 January 1990
  • Art, History
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
John Millington Synge had a tendency to romanticize Irish peasant life: in The Aran Islands, for example, Synge presented the islanders as naive and charming primitives whose lives, while not Edenic, were largely and happily unspoiled by contact with the modern world. Most critical opinion of the last eighty-five years has at least tacitly accepted this image of Synge's peasants.' A criticism informed by contemporary anthropological insights suggests, however, that Rousseauan assessments sell… 

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