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A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790–1829


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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107009516

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  • Claire Connolly offers a cultural history of the Irish novel in the period between the radical decade of the 1790s and the gaining of Catholic Emancipation in 1829. These decades saw the emergence of a group of talented Irish writers who developed and advanced such innovative forms as the national tale and the historical novel: fictions that took Ireland as their topic and setting and which often imagined its history via domestic plots that addressed wider issues of dispossession and inheritance. Their openness to contemporary politics, as well as to recent historiography, antiquarian scholarship, poetry, song, plays and memoirs, produced a series of notable fictions; marked most of all by their ability to fashion from these resources a new vocabulary of cultural identity. This book extends and enriches the current understanding of Irish Romanticism, blending sympathetic textual analysis of the fiction with careful historical contextualization.

    • A comprehensive history of the Irish novel in the Romantic period, considering the full range including national tales, Gothic novels, historical fictions and romances
    • Extends and enriches the current understanding of Irish Romanticism, shedding light on key moments in Irish and British cultural history
    • Examines neglected novels as well as offering innovative new readings of established writers such as Maria Edgeworth, Lady Morgan and Thomas Moore
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    • Winner of the 2012 Donald J. Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book, American Conference for Irish Studies

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… quietly provocative … the book makes an important foundational contribution to the field of Irish Gothic as well as Romantic studies … an exemplary study for scholars working in any language and national tradition.' Fiona Stafford, European Romantic Review

    'Everywhere in this book we see lines for exciting new developments in Irish literary history … The book will no doubt become a critical touchstone and will helpfully reshape the study of the Irish novel for a long time to come.' Robert Brazeau, Irish Studies Review

    'Connolly convincingly demonstrates the complexities of Irish Romantic novels in their engagements with Ireland's political union with Britain, and she uses various strategies to exemplify the dynamics between discourses of union and division in these texts … Connolly's work is highly commendable for the wide scope of texts that she incorporates into her argument, her revisionist reading of key works, and her reconsideration of prevalent assumptions about Irish Romantic novelists and their writings.' Marguerite Corporaal, Nineteenth-Century Contexts

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107009516
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: fact and fiction
    2. Landscape and map
    3. Love and marriage
    4. Catholics and Protestants
    5. Dead and alive.

  • Author

    Claire Connolly, Cardiff University
    Claire Connolly is Reader in English Literature at Cardiff University.


    • Winner of the 2012 Donald J. Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book, American Conference for Irish Studies

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