Ireland: A Social, Cultural and Literary History , 1791-1891

Ireland: A Social, Cultural and Literary History , 1791-1891

by James H. Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1851827285

ISBN-13: 9781851827282

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Four Courts Press

The nineteenth century was a period of enormous change in Ireland and has left a legacy that still affects Irish people today. It saw the shaping of a political nation, the trauma of the Famine, the restructuring of the economic system and the emergence of a new pattern of land holding. Ireland: a social, cultural and literary history, 1791-1891 synthesizes the

Overview

The nineteenth century was a period of enormous change in Ireland and has left a legacy that still affects Irish people today. It saw the shaping of a political nation, the trauma of the Famine, the restructuring of the economic system and the emergence of a new pattern of land holding. Ireland: a social, cultural and literary history, 1791-1891 synthesizes the enormous amount of published research on the period and provides the reader for the first time with a concise but comprehensive overview of the social and cultural patterns of the century. It traces the ways in which traditional forms of peasant life were modified not only by economic change but also by the administrative reforms of government, the expansion of access to education and the rise of a newly confident institutional religion. It explores the experience of women, the lives of emigrants and the perils of the urban environment. It sets the patterns of popular culture alongside those of high culture, especially the visual arts, intellectual life and that dominant discourse of the period about the Irish, Celticism. The book also pays particular attention to the literature of the century, for too long under the shadow of the later Irish literary revival, seeing it in contemporary political terms and challenging the ways in which it has been subsequently categorized.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851827282
Publisher:
Four Courts Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
1Radical climax, 1791-180012
2The shaping of politics, 1801-4721
3Ordering peasants, 1801-4529
4Crafting Celts, 1760-189341
5Whig and emancipation literature, 1800-2949
6A religious education, 1801-8465
7Tory journalism and romantic nationalism, 1825-7278
8Catastrophe, 1801-5194
9Dispersal and reinvention, 1815-91104
10Origin of Fenian species, 1850-78113
11Loved land, lost leader, loyal legion, 1879-91124
12Urban refinement and wretchedness, 1801-91136
13From plough to parlour, 1801-91149
14Curious canon, 1801-91157
Conclusion166
Bibliography169
Index219

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