A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829 by Professor Claire Connolly

By Professor Claire Connolly

Claire Connolly bargains a cultural historical past of the Irish novel within the interval among the novel decade of the 1790s and the gaining of Catholic Emancipation in 1829. those a long time observed the emergence of a bunch of proficient Irish writers who constructed and complicated such leading edge kinds because the nationwide story and the historic novel: fictions that took eire as their subject and environment and which regularly imagined its heritage through household plots that addressed wider problems with dispossession and inheritance. Their openness to modern politics, in addition to to contemporary historiography, antiquarian scholarship, poetry, tune, performs and memoirs, produced a chain of amazing fictions; marked so much of all through their skill to type from those assets a brand new vocabulary of cultural id. This ebook extends and enriches the present knowing of Irish Romanticism, mixing sympathetic textual research of the fiction with cautious old contextualization.

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Brown’s book observes how, in the United States, a boom in regionalist writing coincides with the aftermath of the Civil War. It might similarly be argued that the relationship between the rise of the national tale and the passing of the Act of Union is a product of a new emphasis on national difference as expressed via objects. Where Brown analyses literary texts that emerge from the other side of the densely realised world of mid- to late nineteenth-century realism, however, the Irish novels discussed in this book were written before the proliferation of commodities in fiction and in advance also of the Victorian desire to penetrate to the truth of such objects.

In generic terms, the novel is the natural home of the apparently random details of everyday life. ’39 Griffin utilises the point of view of an imaginary traveller of the kind that Corkery ridicules, although here he is a notably disembodied figure with no real role in the narrative after these establishing scenes. 40 The focus on local particularities and their realisation within the curious form of the list belongs to a more complex cultural formation, however, within which vibrant communities such as the coastal one depicted are imagined at the intersection of international, national and local perspectives.

Out of such engagement with the detail will come a more nuanced version of the history of the Irish novel Introduction 19 as amounting to more than ‘scores of books’ that tell the same story. The method practised here thus involves close attention to the form of the Irish novel, to the particularities of a number of fictions and to readings of key scenes. It has been some time since a single study brought the extent and heterogeneity of the archive of Irish fiction in the period into view, while at the same time paying attention to the internal workings of particular novels.

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