Focusing on plays (Richard II, Henry V, and Hamlet) which appear prominently in the writing of the Irish nationalist movement of the early twentieth century, this study explores how Irish writers such as Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, W. B. Yeats, G. B. Shaw, James Joyce, and Seamus Heaney resisted English cultural colonization through a combination of reappropriation and critique of Shakespeare's work.
Chapter One: Cultural Impressment
Chapter Two: Macmorris and the Impressment of the Irish Servant
Chapter Three: Richard II, Irish Exiles, and the Breath of Kings
Chapter Four: Hamlet and Other Kinds of In-between-ness
Chapter Five: Question and Answer