George Bernard Shaw and the Grand Narrative of Modernisation: Arms and the Man and After. In: Ireland – Europe. Cultural and Literary Encounters. Ed. by Plamen Gaptov, Maria Georgieva and Jonathan McCreedy. Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2017, pp.109- 124. ISBN 978-954-07-4273-1


Костова, Людмила (2017) George Bernard Shaw and the Grand Narrative of Modernisation: Arms and the Man and After. In: Ireland – Europe. Cultural and Literary Encounters. Ed. by Plamen Gaptov, Maria Georgieva and Jonathan McCreedy. Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2017, pp.109- 124. ISBN 978-954-07-4273-1 Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski UP, 2017, pp.109- 124. ISBN 978-954-07-4273-1


 George Bernard Shaw’s critique of received grand narratives, such as the nineteenth-century progress-centred “gospel” of liberalism, has been admiringly noted by the playwright’s latter-day commentators. But was Shaw really so far removed from nineteenth-century ideas of progress as one might be led to believe by sceptical statements that he himself made, such as the frequently quoted commentary on the “growth” of civilisation in the 1898 “Notes to Caesar and Cleopatra”, or by words that he put into the mouths of some of his characters? This essay attempts to provide an answer to the question by focusing on the playwright’s treatment of the grand narrative of modernisation in his 1894 “Bulgarian” play Arms and the Man (henceforth referred to as Arms). A brief comparison between it and his later play about Ireland, John Bull’s Other Island is undertaken in the concluding part of the text. Significantly, both plays are concerned with societies that are in the process of undergoing significant changes in order to move up “the ladder of a unitary modernity” (James Ferguson, “Decomposing Modernity: History and Hierarchy after Development”), and comparing some of their key structural and thematic aspects should shed light on Shaw’s evolving view of modernisation.
  Статия
 G. B. Shaw, grand narrative, modernisation, periphery, Bulgaria, Ireland.


Хуманитарни науки

Humanities

 Издадено
  19320
 Людмила Костова

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