|Subject||Re: examples of ideology?|
|Posted by||Grace Wen|
|Posted on||Fri Jun 9 00:56:13 2000|
|In Reply to||examples of ideology?|
Here, I would like to give you another example of the ideology. That is, in Irish Literature, it is easy to recognize that Irish people always regard Ireland as a woman. I think, the allegorical identification of Ireland with a woman, variously personified as the Shan Van Vocht, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, or Mother Eire, is so common as to be rhetorical invisible. But it is neither natural nor archetypal. Historically, the personification of Ireland as a woman has served two distinct ideological purposes: as applied by Irish men, it has helped to confine Irish women in a straitjacket of purity and passivity; and as applied by English cultural imperialists it has imprisoned the whole Irish race in a debilitating stereotype.
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