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The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829

By Christina Morin

The gothic novel in Ireland, <i>c.</i> 1760–1829

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9917-5
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2018
  • BIC Category: Literature, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Romanticism, Literature: history & criticism, Literary studies: general, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, Ireland, Gothic, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Ireland, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

Description

The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760-1829 offers a compelling account of the development of gothic literature in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Ireland. Countering traditional scholarly views of the 'rise' of 'the gothic novel' on the one hand, and, on the other, Irish Romantic literature, this study persuasively re-integrates a body of now overlooked works into the history of the literary gothic as it emerged across Ireland, Britain, and Europe between 1760 and 1829. Its twinned quantitative and qualitative analysis of neglected Irish texts produces a new formal, generic, and ideological map of gothic literary production in this period, persuasively positioning Irish works and authors at the centre of a new critical paradigm with which to understand both Irish Romantic and gothic literary production.

Reviews

'Christina Morin's The gothic novel in Ireland c. 1760-1829 is a significant intervention in the study of Anglo-Irish literature and the gothic tradition. Combining a masterful overview of Romantic era print culture with close readings of hitherto under examined novels, this book suggestively explores the generic interconnectedness between gothic fiction, the national tale and the historical novel. In doing so, it brings to light a much earlier tradition of fiction that emerged from Ireland in the mid-eighteenth century and had a clear impact on the British novelists who followed. As such, The gothic novel in Ireland confidently dispatches long-held views of Irish gothic as a belated phenomenon that emerged in the later nineteenth century. At the same time, Morin delineates acutely the specific conventions and tropes that characterised a distinctively Irish variant of the gothic. Marshalling an impressive range of literary sources, bibliographical evidence and statistical data, Morin provocatively disrupts long-held assumptions about the formative role played by Irish writers at a crucial moment in the history of the novel, making a compelling case for a more nuanced and accurate understanding of the literary relationship between Britain and Ireland during the Romantic century.'
Anthony Mandal, Professor of Print and Digital Cultures, Cardiff University

Author

Christina Morin is Lecturer in English at the University of Limerick

Contents

Introduction: locating the Irish gothic novel
1. Gothic temporalities: 'Gothicism', 'historicism', and the overlap of
fictional modes from Thomas Leland to Walter Scott
2. Gothic genres: romances, novels, and the classifications of Irish Romantic fiction
3. Gothic geographies: the cartographic consciousness of Irish gothic
fiction
4. Gothic materialities: Regina Maria Roche, the Minerva Press, and the bibliographic spread of Irish gothic fiction
Conclusion
Appendix 1: A working bibliography of Irish gothic fiction, c. 1760-1829
Select bibliography
Index

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