Paddy and Mr. Punch: Connections in Irish and English History

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Elizabeth Bowen, one of the writers considered in this book, described the relationship of Ireland and England as 'a mixture of showing-off and suspicion, nearly as bad as sex'. In these essays Roy Foster explores the patterns of resentment, exploitation, dependence and rejection which were created by centuries of proximity, colonization and emigration. Often seen through the individual experiences of people 'caught' between England and Ireland (a varied gallery including Randolph Churchill, Thackeray, Trollope, ...
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Overview

Elizabeth Bowen, one of the writers considered in this book, described the relationship of Ireland and England as 'a mixture of showing-off and suspicion, nearly as bad as sex'. In these essays Roy Foster explores the patterns of resentment, exploitation, dependence and rejection which were created by centuries of proximity, colonization and emigration. Often seen through the individual experiences of people 'caught' between England and Ireland (a varied gallery including Randolph Churchill, Thackeray, Trollope, Yeats, Parnell and the notorious Mrs O'Shea), these intersections also cut across subjects like the representation of the Irish in Victorian journalism and fiction, the roots of constitutional nationalist agitation, and the making of literary reputations. The last essay, 'Marginal Men and Micks on the Make', is a wide-ranging discussion of the uses of exile, both to and from Ireland. Against the cut and dried stereotypes of Anglo-Irish relations, an overall ambiguity is asserted here, whether the topic examined is the flawed structure of the Act of Union, the way words are used in Irish political rhetoric, or the divided allegiances of Parnell, Yeats and Bowen. These closely linked essays stress assonances as well as dissonances, and provide a commentary on neglected aspects of literary history and national identity.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elizabeth Bowen, who has a chapter dedicated to her in this book, has said that the Anglo-Irish relationship is ``a mixture of showing off and suspicion, nearly as bad as sex.'' And in these 14 essays Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, covers many facets of the British-Irish debate, concentrating especially on the literary and the political. In ``History and the Irish Question'' he shows how each side manufactures and manipulates history to its own advantage. ``Interpretations of Parnell'' probes Parnell's lack of enthusiasm for the Land League, which was intended to redistribute land to the peasantry, and--ironically in view of later events--his excellent relationships with Catholic clerics. In ``Mrs. O'Shea's Parnell ,'' Kitty O'Shea talks about politics and Parnell, ``the ideal lover.'' Foster's descriptions of famous Irishmen are mordant, true and funny: Patrick Pearse, one of the leaders of the 1916 rebellion, was a ``calculatedly disingenuous propagandist''; legendary revolutionary leader Michael Collins is seen as ``the supermick on the make''; Yeats ``a marginalized Irish Protestant.'' This is not a book for the casual reader of Irish history. A scorecard will not suffice here; one must know the players in order to understand this complicated, insightful and sometimes irreverent work. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713990959
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 History and the Irish Question 1
2 Varieties of Irishness: Cultures and Anarchy in Ireland 21
3 Interpretations of Parnell: The Importance of Locale 40
4 Parnell and His People: The Ascendancy and Home Rule 62
5 Knowing Your Place: Words and Boundaries in Anglo-Irish Relations 78
6 The Irishness of Elizabeth Bowen 102
7 Love, Politics and Textual Corruption: Mrs O'Shea's Parnell 123
8 'Fatal Drollery': Parliamentary Novels, Outsiders and Victorian Political History 139
9 Paddy and Mr Punch 171
10 Good Behaviour: Yeats, Synge and Anglo-Irish Etiquette 195
11 Protestant Magic: W. B. Yeats and the Spell of Irish History 212
12 To the Northern Counties Station: Lord Randolph Churchill and the Orange Card 233
13 Thinking from Hand to Mouth: Anglo-Irish Literature, Gaelic Nationalism and Irish Politics in the 1890s 262
14 Marginal Men and Micks on the Make: The Uses of Irish Exile, c. 1840-1922 281
Notes 306
Index 373
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