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A History of the Irish Short Story

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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867245

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  • Though the short story is often regarded as central to the Irish canon, this text was the first comprehensive study of the genre for many years. Heather Ingman traces the development of the modern short story in Ireland from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present day. Her study analyses the material circumstances surrounding publication, examining the role of magazines and editors in shaping the form. Ingman incorporates recent critical thinking on the short story, traces international connections, and gives a central part to Irish women's short stories. Each chapter concludes with a detailed analysis of key stories from the period discussed, featuring Joyce, Edna O'Brien and John McGahern, among others. With its comprehensive bibliography and biographies of authors, this volume will be a key work of reference for scholars and students both of Irish fiction and of the modern short story as a genre.

    • An overview of the development of a genre in its historical context
    • Detailed readings of Joyce, McGahern, Yeats, O'Brien and many others
    • Includes concise biographies of key authors and a critical bibliography
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    Review of the hardback: 'This volume will be a key work in the history of Irish literature.' Irish Post

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867245
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The nineteenth century: nation and short story in the making
    Readings: William Carleton and Emily Lawless
    3. Fin de siècle visions: Irish short fiction at the turn of the century
    Readings: W. B. Yeats and George Egerton
    4. The modern Irish short story: Moore and Joyce
    Readings: James Joyce
    5. 1920–39: years of transition
    Readings: Frank O'Connor and Norah Hoult
    6. 1940–59: isolation
    Readings: Mary Lavin and Sean O'Faolain
    7. 1960–79: time, memory and imagination
    Readings: William Trevor and Edna O'Brien
    8. 1980 to the present: changing identities
    Readings: John McGahern and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
    Biographical glossary
    Bibliographic essay.

  • Author

    Heather Ingman, Trinity College, Dublin

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