While Yeats to some extent played the professional Celt early in his career, and Celticist
lyrics such as 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' and the folklore collection The Celtic Twilight (1893) would remain among his most popular work, he could see that, if thoroughly internalised, the Celticism espoused by the likes of Arnold could lead only to further provincialisation and a cultural kailyard.
The surprising connection was first suggested by the Celticist
John Koch well-known for, among other works, his recent edition of the Welsh epic poem The Gododdin.
John Gogarty, Joyce, and Beckett enjoyed deflating such rhetoric, the semiotic connection continued to be promulgated in nationalist politics, mystical treatises, and Celticist
Between Thurneysen's death in 1940 and the end of his long life, he was the leading continental Celticist
, exerting a formative influence on the next generation of Irish scholars.
On the face of it, the meeting provided an opportunity for musicians, the musically interested, Folklore Society members, Irish Unionists, and Celticists
to come together, to pool resources, and to promote a common interest.
This massive collection of over 40 papers celebrates the life and work of Gearoid mac Eoin, one of the leading Celticists
in Ireland today.
In short, this study has the potential to empower students of modern Anglo-Irish writing and culture to respond to Kiberd's call for a linguistically and culturally "united Ireland," allowing us to realign whole areas of Irish studies relative to an early modern Gaelophone Ireland freed at last from the reductive anglocentric frames that we have inherited from Spenser and Swift on the one hand, and from the antiquarianists and Celticists
whose work preserved but also reified so much of the Gaelophone literary inheritance.
I recommend this book as a starting point for anyone new to such issues to begin research; however, it is clear that the highly specific nature of this publication would indicate that its intended audience lies among Celticists
, historians, and policy planners interested in Scottish Gaelic and its revitalization.
In addition, the works and teachings of nationalist German Celticists
of the twentieth century (such as Julius Pokorny, Rudolf Thurneysen, Kuno Meyer, and Ludwig Muhlhausen) brought about a fundamental change in German (political) perceptions of the Irish, and played a prominent part in influencing German conservative and National Socialist views of the Irish as related to the "German race.
He touches on some of the ongoing debates among Celticists
, most notably the question of whether a unique Celtic Church ever truly existed.
Editions, as a result, have been few; those produced by nineteenth-century Celticists
have to be pursued through journals often hard of access or in monographs rarer still, while those by their modern counterparts have in some cases not seen print at all.
These debates resurrected underlying ideological allegiances: between nationalist and revisionist historians, between Celticists
and Gaelicizers, between dedicated language activists and the bureaucrats in the Department of Education, and between Gaeltacht residents and its would-be benefactors.