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The silence of Barbara Synge /
W.J. McCormack.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003.
xiii, 303 p. : ill.
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003.
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"I believe this is a model for a new kind of literary-historical project... It is not biography, literary history or criticism, but it is this awkwardness that is also the work's major strength. McCormack is probably the leading authority on Irish protestant culture in the 18th and 19th centuries." -- Richard Kirkland
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Taking the alleged death in 1767 of Mrs John Hatch (nee Synge) as his focal point, McCormack explores the various strands and stresses of the family histories of the playwright J.M. Synge.
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The Silence of Barbara Syngeis a unique work of cultural enquiry, combining archival research, literary criticism, and religious and medical history to pull the strands together and relate them to the family's literary descendent J.M. Synge. Taking the alleged death of Mrs. John Hatch (nÉe Synge) in 1767 as a focal point, this book explores the varied strands of the Synge family tree in 18th and 19th century Ireland. Key events in the family's history are carefully documented, including a suicide in 1769 which is echoed in an early Synge play, the effects of the famine which influenced "The Playboy of the Western World" in 1907, and the behavior of Francis Synge at the time of the union.
Table of Contents
Introducing -- the Synges from Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Settings: Lands Elsewhere: Wicklow
Other people: The Hatches
A little learning
The Mill at Amino
The state of the roads 8
Hatched, matched and despatched: An MP and his wife
Death in the mountains
A battle of wills
On debt 8
The Devil's Glen: Roundwood and afte
Her brother's will, 1792
The sceond Archdiaconate
Rebellion, union and family romance
Affairs with the moon: How Pestalozzi reached Wicklow
Melmoth, the Stay--at--Home
In Darby's field
Literature at nurse: John Hatch, a country doctor
Work house insurgency
Concerning J.M. Synge (1871--1909): Madness and local government
Insulting 'The Playboy'
A county in romance
The wounded dramatist takes his bow
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