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    Receiving news from the seat of war: Dublin audiences respond to Boer war entertainments


    Condon, Denis (2011) Receiving news from the seat of war: Dublin audiences respond to Boer war entertainments. Early Popular Visual Culture, 9 (2). pp. 93-106. ISSN 1746-0654

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    Abstract

    The Boer war and its popular representations were uniquely contentious in Ireland. On the one hand, Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom, one of the 'home countries' of the British empire, with a population that contributed significantly to the imperial project, most prominently represented in relation to the Boer war by Lord Roberts, commander of British forces in South Africa in 1900. On the other hand, the majority of the Irish population supported a nationalist politics whose chief aim at the turn or the century was to gain 'home rule' for the country and which saw the war against the South African republics as another instance of British aggression against a small population determined to assert its independence. This led to a pro-Boer fever among a nationalist population that was ill disposed to the jingoistic pro-war sentiments expressed in much of popular culture coming from Britain. Boer war entertainments in Dubinl in were frequently contentious, prompting reflection on the possible ideological uses or new media forms.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Boer war films; audiences; nationalism; unionism: Dublin; Ireland; South Africa;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 4628
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17460654.2011.571034
    Depositing User: Denis Condon
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 12:26
    Journal or Publication Title: Early Popular Visual Culture
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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