Writing Irishness in nineteenth-century British culture /
edited by Neil McCaw.
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2004.
x, 248 p.
0754639479 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2004.
0754639479 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The representation of the Irish in English canonical fictions was to have been the subject of this monograph. The editor realised the enormity of the task and limited the present volume to an overview of the Irish, Irish authors and Ireland in English literature.
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This collection focuses both on the formation of Irish national identity evident within nineteenth-century British culture and on the ways in which conceptions of Irishness were related to an understanding of a distinctly English character in British literature. Topics include the translation of Irish works into English, the impact of English criticism on Irish fiction, the significance of the mainstream press, and the ways in which English authors attempted to embody Irish ideas within their fictional works while maintaining their English readership. In different and distinctive ways, all the essays, by Neil McCaw, Rolf Loeber, Joep Leersson, Leon Litvack, Anne MacCarthy, Kathleen Constable, Andrew Blake, Jane Elizabeth Dougherty, Michael de Nie, Carla King, and Maureen O'Connor, suggest the fundamental significance of the nineteenth century, if not explicitly the Victorian period, in the evolution of notions of English/British identity.
Table of Contents
Exploding the canons?
Early calls for an Irish national literature, 1820-77
The politics of perception: Dickens, Ireland and the Irish
Edward Walsh and 19th-century translation
Writing the minefield: reflections of union in Charlotte Bronte's
Writing from the outside in: Charles Lever
Some mid-Victorian Irishness(es): Trollope
A man of the house: Phineas Finn and the quest for Irish membership
Britannia's sick sister: Irish identity and the British press, 1798-1882
The Picture of Dorian Gray as Irish national tale
Some late Victorian novels and the Irish land question
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