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By D. Stubbings

Anglo-Irish Modernism and the Maternal argues specialise in the development of mother-figures in Irish tradition illuminates the extreme success of the Irish modernists. basically, the seminal Irish modernists—Moore, Joyce, Synge, Yeats, and O'Casey—resisted these mother-figures sanctioned via cultural discourses, re-writing her to be able to elude her. during this, they not just re-constituted language and illustration, they accessed and re-figured and their very own inventive sleves.

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12 The maternal instinct became an important means of confining the mother to the home. It was that same instinct which insisted her labour be directed towards emotional rather than economic ends. 13 The ultimate effect of this symbolization of the mother is that the semiotic is subordinated to the symbolic order; and it is, essentially, upon this specific subordination that social cohesion depends. Importantly, where this correlation between suppression of the semiotic and social cohesion leads is that a threat to one exists in any disturbance of the other.

The `good mother' is defined essentially in terms of her social function. In the Irish context, particularly within Nationalist and Catholic discourses, the `good mother' was represented as breeding and raising the `sons' who would ensure the rejuvenation of the nation and the perseverance of `the cause'. 6 Esther Water's claim to the rubric cannot be questioned. Even so, in offering his audience a `good mother' who is also the `fallen woman', Moore confuses the archetype, and he achieves this by focusing on the effects rather than the causes of Esther's `sin'.

58 Her subjectivity remains dissolved, a dissolution exacerbated by her alcoholism. She barely exists and, inevitably, she too must die. 59 It is a shift which may be mapped in the increasing influence of Wagner and Dujardin on Moore's work, and the demise of early French conditioning. In Nora Glynn, Moore offers his most beautifully realized and psychologically adept exploration of the mother-figure; he utilizes the creation±destruction binarism traditionally associated with the mother in an innovative and life-enforcing manner.

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