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Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780

Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780

Volume 1

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Part of Irish Literature in Transition

Marie-Louise Coolahan, Campbell Ross, Brean Hammond, David Dwan, Darrell Jones, Helen M. Burke, Andrew Carpenter, Conrad Brunström, Amy Prendergast, Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, Aileen Douglas, Declan Kavanagh, Rebecca Anne Barr, Moyra Haslett, Joe Lines, Anne Markey, Clíona Ó Gallchoir, Lesa Ní Mhunghaile, James Ward
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  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427500

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  • This volume examines eighteenth-century Irish literature, highlighting the diversity of texts, authors and approaches that characterises contemporary studies of the period. Chapters consider the contexts of history, politics, language, philosophy, gender, sexuality, and the environment while situating Irish literature in relation to Ireland, Britain, Europe and beyond. Well-known authors (Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke and Oliver Goldsmith) are read alongside less familiar writers (including Mary Barber, William Chaigneau, Frances Sheridan, and Samuel Whyte) and popular and ephemeral literatures take their place with formerly canonical texts. It demonstrates the exciting vitality and richness of eighteenth-century Irish literature—written and performed—as well as its complex intersections with different communities and traditions. This book will be a key resource to scholars and students of Irish eighteenth-century studies as well as readers generally interested in questions of Anglophone and Irish-language culture, representations of gender and sexuality, and national and trans-national identities.

    • Includes considerations of contemporary topics, such as gender and sexuality, environmentalism, trans-cultural and trans-national dimensions
    • Captures the excitement of the field with the study of less familiar authors
    • Showcases the diversity of texts, authors, and approaches characterizing contemporary studies
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427500
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Starting Points:
    1. Starting-Points and Moving Targets: Transition and The Early Modern Marie-Louise Coolahan
    2. “We Irish”: Writing and National Identity From Berkeley to Burke Ian Campbell Ross
    3. Re-Viewing Swift Brean Hammond
    Part II. Philosophical and Political Frameworks:
    4. The Prejudices Of Enlightenment David Dwan
    5. The Molyneux Problem and Irish Enlightenment Darrell Jones
    6. Samuel Whyte and The Politics Of Eighteenth-Century Irish Private Theatricals Helen M. Burke
    Part III: Local, National and Transnational Contexts:
    7. Land and Landscape in Irish Poetry in English 1700-1780 Andrew Carpenter
    8. The Idea Of An Eighteenth-Century National Theatre Conrad Brunström
    9. Transnational Influence and Exchange: The Intersections Between Irish and French Sentimental Novels Amy Prendergast
    10. “An Example to The Whole World”: Patriotism and Imperialism in Early Irish Fiction Daniel Sanjiv Roberts
    Part IV. Gender and Sexuality:
    11. The Province Of Poetry: Women Poets in Early Eighteenth-Century Ireland Aileen Douglas
    12. Queering Eighteenth-Century Irish Writing: Yahoo, Fribble, Freke Declan Kavanagh
    13. “Brightest Wits and Bravest Soldiers”: Ireland, Masculinity, and The Politics Of Paternity Rebecca Anne Barr
    14. Fictions of Sisterhood in Eighteenth-Century Irish Literature Moyra Haslett
    Part V. Transcultural Contexts:
    15. The Popular Criminal Narrative and The Development Of The Irish Novel Joe Lines
    16. Gaelic Influences and Echoes in The Irish Novel, 1700-1780 Anne Markey
    17. New Beginning or Bearer Of Tradition? Early Irish Fiction and The Construction Of The Child Clíona Ó Gallchoir
    Part VI. Retrospective Readings:
    18. Re-Imagining Feminist Protest in Contemporary Translation: The Lament for Art O'Leary and The Midnight Court Lesa Ní Mhunghaile
    19. “Our Darkest Century”: The Irish Eighteenth Century in Memory and Modernity James Ward.

  • Editor

    Moyra Haslett, Queen's University Belfast
    Moyra Haslett is Professor of English at Queen's University Belfast. Her first monograph – Byron's Don Juan and the Don Juan Legend (1997) – won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize awarded by the British Academy. She is also the author of a popular general book on eighteenth-century literature: From Pope to Burney, Scriblerians to Bluestockings (2003). She is one of the general editors of the 'Early Irish Fiction, c.1680-1820' series, and has co-edited a special issue of a journal on the same topic (41.1. IUR 2011). She is also the PI of the AHRC-funded Irish Song Project (see


    Marie-Louise Coolahan, Campbell Ross, Brean Hammond, David Dwan, Darrell Jones, Helen M. Burke, Andrew Carpenter, Conrad Brunström, Amy Prendergast, Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, Aileen Douglas, Declan Kavanagh, Rebecca Anne Barr, Moyra Haslett, Joe Lines, Anne Markey, Clíona Ó Gallchoir, Lesa Ní Mhunghaile, James Ward

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