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Through painterly imagery, biblical quotation and the distortion of proper names, Le Fanu shows character to be a ...
Through painterly imagery, biblical quotation and the distortion of proper names, Le Fanu shows character to be a self-consuming project. Yeats's Parnell emerges as a modernist gothic hero of the 1930s. Bowen's The heat of the day anatomises the problems of identity, bequeathed by Yeats.
Radically revising the idea of a gothic tradition and traversing two centuries of Irish literary history, Dissolute characters gives a fluent and detailed account of the emerging relation between Irish culture, modernism and politics.
• Part One: On Literary History
• Cashiering the gothic tradition
• Between Balzac and Yeats
• Swedenborg's ghost
• Part Two: Le Fanu and his Art
• Mediating the Past: The House by the Church-yard
• The parochial and exotic: two tales of 1891 * Beginning the English novels
• Characters beheaded with mottoes
• Towards a theory of public opinion
• 'Freezing brightness'
• Gottfried Schalcken in history and fiction
• Part Three: The Great Enchantment * In a Glass Darkly
• Gladstone and Ascendancy: or, here we go round the upas tree
• Yeats and gothic politics
• Part Four: Elizabeth Bowen and The Heat of the Day
• Is the novel properly entitled...?
• Indefinite articles
• 'The neutral island in the heart of man'
• Epilogue: The Disinherited of Literary History