Liffey and Lethe: Paramnesiac History in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Ireland by Patrick R. O'MalleyLiffey and Lethe: Paramnesiac History in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Ireland by Patrick R. O'Malley

Liffey and Lethe: Paramnesiac History in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Ireland

byPatrick R. O'Malley

Hardcover | April 8, 2017

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Focusing on literary and cultural texts from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth, Patrick R. O'Malley argues that in order to understand both the literature and the varieties of nationalist politics in nineteenth-century Ireland, we must understand the various modes in which thevery notion of the historical past was articulated. He proposes that nineteenth-century Irish literature and culture present two competing modes of political historiography: one that eludes the unresolved wounds of Ireland's violent history through the strategic representation of a unified past thatcould be the model for a liberal future; and one that locates its roots not in a culturally triumphant past but rather in an account of colonial and specifically sectarian bloodshed and insists upon the moral necessity of naming that history. From myths of pre-Christian Celtic glories to medievalCatholic scholarship to the rise of the Protestant Ascendancy to narratives of colonial violence against Irish people by British power, Irish historiography strove to be the basis of a new nationalism following the 1801 Union with Great Britain, and yet it was itself riven with contention.
Patrick R. O'Malley is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he teaches nineteenth-century British and Irish literary and cultural studies.
Title:Liffey and Lethe: Paramnesiac History in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-IrelandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:April 8, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198790414

ISBN - 13:9780198790419


Table of Contents

Introduction1. History and Historiography in Anglo-Ireland2. Owenson's 'Sacred Union': Paramnesiac History in The Wild Irish Girl3. 'Terror has no diary': Melmoth's Anti-Histories4. History and Hunger: Boucicault in the Wake of the Famine5. The 'seething cauldron of the nation': Fighting History in M. L. O'Byrne's Leixlip Castle6. Bunburying through History: Wildean Paramnesias and Ihe Portrait of Mr. W. H.7. Modernist Memory and the Irish State