Celtic Revival

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by Danielle Waite

The Celtic Revival marked a renewed interest in Irish and Scottish culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Celtic art and literature became sources both of national pride and of transnational impact. Known also as The Celtic Renascence, the movement was headed by figures like the Irish poet William Butler Yeats and the Scottish biologist/sociologist/creator of The Evergreen Patrick Geddes.

W.B. Yeats’ interest in Irish folklore and mythology led to his cultural-anthropological compilation of Irish tales, The Celtic Twilight (which is also yet another name for the movement). For Geddes, the little magazine The Evergreen offered a similar chance to explore Scottish heritage and carve out a space for new contributions from Scottish visual and literary artists.

References and Further Reading

Dawson, Ashley. “Varieties of High Modernism.” The Routledge Concise History of Twentieth-century British Literature, Routledge, 2013, 52-72.

Gross, Rebecca. “Yeats and the Irish Literary Revival.” National Endowment for the Arts, 12 Mar. 2013. www.arts.gov/big-read/2013/yeats-irish-literary-revival. Accessed 28 Feb. 2017.

Hewitt, Regina. “Patrick Geddes (1854-1932).” The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University, 2016. 1890s.ca/HTML.aspx?s=geddes_bio.html
. Accessed 28 Feb. 2017.