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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851827282
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Radical climax, 1791-1800 12
2 The shaping of politics, 1801-47 21
3 Ordering peasants, 1801-45 29
4 Crafting Celts, 1760-1893 41
5 Whig and emancipation literature, 1800-29 49
6 A religious education, 1801-84 65
7 Tory journalism and romantic nationalism, 1825-72 78
8 Catastrophe, 1801-51 94
9 Dispersal and reinvention, 1815-91 104
10 Origin of Fenian species, 1850-78 113
11 Loved land, lost leader, loyal legion, 1879-91 124
12 Urban refinement and wretchedness, 1801-91 136
13 From plough to parlour, 1801-91 149
14 Curious canon, 1801-91 157
Conclusion 166
Bibliography 169
Index 219
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