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Before DaybreakAfter the Race and the Origins of Joyce's Art$
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Coilin Owens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042473

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042473.001.0001

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Arthur Griffith and the Great Game

Arthur Griffith and the Great Game

(p.94) 4 Arthur Griffith and the Great Game
Before Daybreak

Cóilín Owens

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 offers an examination of the domestic and international political circumstances surrounding the story. These include the contemporary debate over the Wyndham (Land) Act and the Dublin visit of King Edward VII, and Arthur Griffith's radical nationalist critique of the imperial political theater featuring the Gordon Bennett Cup Race and the royal visit in July 1903. Through the figure of the Hungarian Villona, Joyce clearly summons an allegorical reference to the devolutionary strategy of Griffith's Resurrection of Hungary. The relationship of the story to Halford Mackinder's influential essay, “The Pivot of History,” Rudyard Kipling's Kim (1901), and the Englishman Routh's proposal to end the evening with “one great game” connects the action with the Great Game for global dominance.

Keywords:   Arthur Griffith, Resurrection of Hungary, Halford Mackinder, the Great Game, the Great Famine, Wyndham Act

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