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Julius Pokorny, 1887-1970 : Germans, Celts and nationalism /
Pól Ó Dochartaigh.
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Dublin ; Portland, OR : Four Courts Press, c2004.
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185 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1851827692
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imprint
Dublin ; Portland, OR : Four Courts Press, c2004.
isbn
1851827692
catalogue key
5107008
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-179) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Pol O Dochartaigh was born in Belfast and studied in Cardiff, Kiel and Nottingham. He has researched extensively on contemporary German-Jewish literature and history, post-1945 Germany and German-Irish cultural relations
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Julius Pokorny (1887-1970) was the foremost Celtic scholar of his generation on the European mainland. This text examines the main issues surrounding Pokorny's life, including assimilationist Jewry in fin-de-siecle Austria, mythology in Joyce's Ulysses, and the value of Pokorny's scholarship.
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Julius Pokorny (1887-1970) was the foremost Celtic scholar of his generation on the European mainland. Born in Prague, he studied at Vienna University, and learned Irish in Mayo and Kerry. He was a German nationalist who also became a propagandist for both the Gaelic League and the Irish nationalist cause from 1908. In 1920 he succeeded Kuno Meyer as professor of Celtic Philology in Berlin. Douglas Hyde, Eoin MacNeill, Myles Dillon and Liam S. Gogan were counted among his friends in Ireland, while in addition Osborn Bergin and T.F. O'Rahilly were among his contemporaries in Celtic scholarship. He translated Pearse, Ó Conaire and An Seabhac into German, and he is mentioned by name in poetry by Bergin and Flann O'Brien; he is mentioned in Joyce's Ulysses, in which the belief that the ancient Celts had no concept of hell is attributed to him. In 1935 Pokorny lost his Berlin professorship because the Nazis discovered that, though he was a Catholic, his grandparents had all been Jewish. He led an uncertain existence in Berlin until, in 1943, he fled to Switzerland. The Swiss admitted him because he possessed an Irish visa, issued in 1940 in Berlin on the instructions of de Valera, at the instigation of Hyde. From then he taught Celtic at Zurich and Berne Universities and, after 1955, was Honorary Professor of Celtic at Munich University. This book examines the main issues surrounding Pokorny's life, including assimilationist Jewry in fin-de-siecle Austria, German involvement in Celtic scholarship and Irish nationalism, mythology in Joyce's Ulysses, Nazi anti-Semitism vis-avis Jewish German nationalists, Irish and Swiss attitudes to refugees, and the value of Pokorny's scholarship. It is a tight but comprehensive study based largely on original documents and correspondence that have been discovered by the author in Austria and Switzerland, as well as material from national archives in Vienna, Berlin, Berne and Dublin.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. 8
Prefacep. 9
List of abbreviationsp. 14
Introductionp. 15
1887-1905: Pokorny's childhood: Prague, pan-Germanism and fin-de-siecle Austriap. 19
1905-1920: Vienna and Dublin: student days, the Gaelic League and the Irish lecturerp. 25
1920-1932: Berlin (1): The professor of Celtic philologyp. 51
Pokorny in Irish literature: Bergin, Joyce and Myles na Gopaleenp. 71
1933-1943: Berlin (2): Nazism, Celtic Studies and the Irish governmentp. 80
1943-1970: Zurich and Munich: the refugee, a new life, and more scholarshipp. 126
Conclusion: Pokorny's scholarship and politics in contextp. 149
Chronologyp. 161
Sources and bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 181
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