By Joep Leerssen, Joseph T. Leerssen
The purpose of this research is to re-evaluate the cultural disagreement among England and eire from a brand new methodological viewpoint, and to track how this war of words led to a selected idea, literary in addition to political, of Irish nationality.
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For Montesquieu, the "génie d'une nation" consists of "les mœurs et le caractère d'esprits de différents peuples dirigés par l'influence d'une même cour et d'une même capitale"; and Hume like wise traces nationality back to the principle of "a number of men... united into one political body", occasioning frequent intercourse "for defence, com merce, and government"26. However, even in these "neutral", basically political definitions of the terms "nation" in the works of Hume and Montesquieu and in the Enclyclopédie, other connotations are at work.
The inhabitants are wild and primitive "men who are complete savages and lead a miserable existence because of the cold": vol. 1, 442). The inhabitants surpass even the British in barbarity, in that References to sexual amorality and cannibalism are also to be found in later works. ) 34 M E R E IRISH & F Í O R - G H A E L * Super Britanniam Iuverna est paene par spatio, sed utrimque aequalis tractu litorum oblonga, caeli ad maturanda semina iniqui, verum adeo luxuriosa herbis non laetis modo sed etiam dulcibus, ut se exigua parte diei pecora impleant, et nisi pabulo prohibeantur, diutius pasta dissiliant.
Virtually any category within this spectrum might under certain circumstances be called a "national" one; there are no fixed principles known to me by which any particular category within this scala can be cogently defined as the "national" one. g. the case of Corsica or of Cornwall). A parallel can be found in the field of dialectology, where the scala idiolect — dialect — dialec tical continuum is only definable in its outer poles: the individual and the con tinuum. Here, too, differences can unambiguously be registered within a dialectical continuum such as the Romance or the Continental West-Ger manic one; and those differences can be followed through on an ever more refined level until that of the individual is reached: the idiolect.