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Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age

Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age

by James H. Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199596999

ISBN-13: 9780199596997

Pub. Date: 03/25/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is the first comprehensive study of the neglected Irish writers of the Victorian age, whose work was highly popular with the British reading audience and therefore disparaged and largely forgotten from the era of W.B. Yeats and the Irish Literary Revival, with its culturally nationalist agenda, onwards. It is based on a reading of around 370 novels by 150

Overview

This is the first comprehensive study of the neglected Irish writers of the Victorian age, whose work was highly popular with the British reading audience and therefore disparaged and largely forgotten from the era of W.B. Yeats and the Irish Literary Revival, with its culturally nationalist agenda, onwards. It is based on a reading of around 370 novels by 150 authors, including William Carleton, the peasant novelist who wielded much influence, and Charles Lever, whose serious work was destroyed by the slur of 'rollicking', as well as Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, George Moore, Emily Lawless, Somerville and Ross, Bram Stoker, and three of the leading authors from the new-woman movement, Sarah Grand, Iota, and George Egerton. James H. Murphy examines their writing in a variety of contexts: the political, economic, and cultural developments of the time; the vicissitudes of the reading audience; the realities of a publishing industry that was for the most part London-based; the often difficult circumstances of the lives of the novelists; and the ever changing genre of the novel itself, to which Irish authors often made a contribution. Politics, history, religion, gender and, particularly, land, over which nineteenth-century Ireland was deeply divided, featured as key themes for fiction. Finally, the book engages with the critical debate of recent times concerning the supposed failure of realism in the nineteenth-century Irish novel, looking for deeper causes than have hitherto been offered and discovering occasions on which realism turned out to be possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199596997
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/25/2011
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Approaches to Reading Irish Fiction
2. The Fashionable Potato: Lady Blessington and W.H. Maxwell
3. Peasant or Pheasant novelist? The Authority of William Carleton
4. Ruin through Rollicking: Poor Charles Lever
5. Sensational Stalwarts: Irish Victorian Novelists in Mid Century
6. 'Two Nations on One Soil': Land, Fenians, and Politics in Fiction
7. 'Real Protestantism never Slumbers': Religious and Historical Fiction
8. Frenzied Form: The Land-War Novel
9. Grania and her Sisters: New Women Abroad and at Home
10. Fin de Siecle: Vortex of the Genres
11. The Lives of the Irish Novelists
12. Conclusion: Contested Representations
Bibliography
Index

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