Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings In Culture And Fiction

Hardcover | April 21, 2008

byJohn Wilson Foster

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Studies of Irish fiction are still scanty in contrast to studies of Irish poetry and drama. Attempting to fill a large critical vacancy, Irish Novels 1890-1940 is a comprehensive survey of popular and minor fiction (mainly novels) published between 1890 and 1922, a crucial period in Irishcultural and political history. Since the bulk of these sixty-odd writers have never been written about, certainly beyond brief mentions, the book opens up for further exploration a literary landscape, hitherto neglected, perhaps even unsuspected. This new landscape should alter the familiarperspectives on Irish literature of the period, first of all by adding genre fiction (science fiction, detective novels, ghost stories, New Woman fiction, and Great War novels) to the Irish syllabus, secondly by demonstrating the immense contribution of women writers to popular and mainstream Irishfiction. Among the popular and prolific female writers discussed are Mrs J.H. Riddell, B.M. Croker, M.E. Francis, Sarah Grand, Katharine Tynan, Ella MacMahon, Katherine Cecil Thurston, W.M. Letts, and Hannah Lynch. Indeed, a critical inference of the survey is that if there is a discernible tradition of theIrish novel, it is largely a female tradition. A substantial postscript surveys novels by Irish women between 1922 and1940 and relates them to the work of their female antecedents. This ground-breaking survey should also alter the familiar perspectives on the Ireland of 1890-1922. Many of thepopular works were problem-novels and hence throw light on contemporary thinking and debate on the 'Irish Question'. After the Irish Literary Revival and creation of the Free State, much popular and mainstream fiction became a lost archive, neglected evidence, indeed, of a lost Ireland.

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Studies of Irish fiction are still scanty in contrast to studies of Irish poetry and drama. Attempting to fill a large critical vacancy, Irish Novels 1890-1940 is a comprehensive survey of popular and minor fiction (mainly novels) published between 1890 and 1922, a crucial period in Irishcultural and political history. Since the bulk o...

John Wilson Foster is Emeritus Professor at the University of British Columbia. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and read English and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast. In 2004-05 he was Leverhulme Visiting Professor to the U.K. (University of Ulster); in 2005 he was Armstrong Visiting Professor at St Michael's College,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.26 inPublished:April 21, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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INTRODUCTION: The Shock of the Old1. 'A Deplorable Facility': Popular Fiction2. 'When the Tide Turns': After the Victorians3. A New Theology: Protestantism and the Novel4. 'Their Patience Folly?' Catholicism and Fiction5. Bad Blood: Sectarianism in the Novel6. Studies in Green: The Condition of Ireland I7. 'Society - spelt big': The Condition of Ireland II8. Tiercel and Lure: Love and Marriage9. iMetier de Femme/i: New Woman Fiction10. iFin de Siecle/i: New Women, Art, and Decadence11. Science and the Supernatural: Among Genres I12. iDracula/i and Detection: Among Genres II13. 'Years of the Shadow': Writings of the Great War14. 'A Sharp, bitter cleavage': War and the RisingPOSTSCRIPT: Women Novelists 1922-1940