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'Tinkers'Synge and the Cultural History of the Irish Traveller$
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Mary Burke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566464.001.0001

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Synge's Negotiation of Constructs of the Tinker

Synge's Negotiation of Constructs of the Tinker

(p.58) 2 Synge's Negotiation of Constructs of the Tinker

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Chapter two suggests that the ‘tinker’ had become overwhelmingly entwined with Ireland and authentic Irishness by the Revival. Synge’s ‘Irishing’ of the ‘tinker’ is give especial attention, and it is surmized that the dramatist’s heightened Hiberno-English dialogue was shaped by the rash of contemporaneous scholarship on Shelta, the ‘tinker’s tongue’. Though the tinker is doubtlessly celebrated as an aboriginal exotic in The Tinker’s Wedding, it is often misread as a quintessentially Irish portrayal of actual contemporary Traveller culture. In fact, Synge’s mastery of diverse languages and literatures ensured that he drew deeply from Irish, British, and European sources in creating his tinkers. By the late Victorian period, the earlier rhetoric of ‘Oriental Gypsies’ had given way to their elevation as the epitome of vanishing British rural colour by Gypsy Lore Society members, and an idealized tinker figure functioned as the Revival’s response to this British fetishization of Romanies.

Keywords:   Hiberno-English, Irishness, authenticity, idealization, fetishization, Shelta, Gypsy Lore Society, Romanies, The Tinker’s Wedding

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