The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV: The Irish Book in English, 1800-1891

Hardcover | October 8, 2011

EditorJames H. Murphy

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The Oxford History of the Irish Book is a major new series that charts one of the most venerable book cultures in Europe, from the earliest manuscript compilations to the flourishing book industries of the late twentieth century. For the first time, it offers a history of the Irish book as acreated object situated in a world of communications, trade, transport, power, and money, and examines the ways in which books have both reflected and influenced social, political, and intellectual formations in Ireland. It is an important project for the understanding of Ireland's written andprinted heritage, and is by its nature of profound cross-cultural significance, embracing as it does all the written and printed traditions and heritages of Ireland and placing them in the global context of a worldwide interest in book histories. Volume IV: The Irish Book in English 1800-1891 details the story of the book in Ireland from the Act of Union, which ended Ireland's lucrative exemption from British copyright, to the Irish revival, with its emphasis on cultural nationalism. Though retaining its own identity during this period theIrish publishing industry also participated in a wider British publishing culture, less perhaps the result of political change than the result of the industrialization of production. The chapters in this volume deal with book production and distribution and the differing of ways in which publishingexisted in Dublin, Belfast, and the provinces. The nineteenth century saw a dramatic rise in literacy rates in Ireland, the advent of national education, and the development of new opportunities and spaces for reading that eclipsed previous communal reading practices. Religious publishing was a major enterprise not only because of the rise indevotionalism but also because of the religious controversies that raged in the early part of the century. Literary genres engaged both Irish and British audiences with Irish issues, though they found a publishing outlet largely through London publishers. Scholarly societies of both the antiquarianand scientific varieties sustained a relatively high degree of local publishing, mostly through journals. Medical and musical publishing appeared for quite a while to defy the centralizing pull of British publishing. In spite of the challenges of the times, writers, publishers, readers, andinstitutions often responded with energy and creativity to a world of extraordinary change. It was a world of considerable diversity and great fascination. Relying on a high degree of original research, both archival and bibliographical, this volume treats both general trends and individual stories.

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The Oxford History of the Irish Book is a major new series that charts one of the most venerable book cultures in Europe, from the earliest manuscript compilations to the flourishing book industries of the late twentieth century. For the first time, it offers a history of the Irish book as acreated object situated in a world of communi...

James H. Murphy, Ph.D., D.Litt., F.R.Hist,S., is Professor of English and was also for a time Director of Irish Studies at DePaul University, Chicago, having previously taught in Ireland. He specialises in nineteenth-century Ireland, focusing particularly on the history of the novel and on the political history of the period. He is the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:752 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 2.47 inPublished:October 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsList of AbbreviationsNotes on Contributors1. James H. Murphy: IntroductionI Book Production and Publishing2. Frank Ferguson: The Industrialization of Irish Book Production, 1790-19003. Charles Benson: The Dublin Book Trade4. Maura Cronin: Provincial Publishing5. Roger Dixon: Belfast Publishing6. Maura Cronin: Limerick Publishing7. Charles Benson: Workers in Printing and Bookbinding8. Martin J. Burke: Irish-American PublishingII The Diversity of Publishers9. Rolf Loeber and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber: James Duffy and Catholic Nationalism10. Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre: The Webb Family and Quaker Printing11. Gillian McIntosh: Marcus Ward and Co. of BelfastIII Pamphlets and Periodicals12. Charles Benson and Siobhan Fitzpatrick: Pamphlets13. Elizabeth Tilley: PeriodicalsIV Book Distribution and Reading14. Niall O Ciosain: Oral Culture, Literacy, and Reading, 1800-185015. Niall O Ciosain: Pedlars and Book Distribution16. Niall O Ciosain: Almanacs17. Sarah McNamara: Women Readers in Limerick, 1830-4018. Rolf Loeber and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber: Popular Reading PracticeV Libraries and Reading19. Marie-Louise Legg: Libraries20. Roisin Higgins: The Nation Reading Rooms21. Clara Cullen: Reading Spaces in Dublin22. Gerard Long: Institutional Libraries and Private Collections23. Martin J. Burke: Irish-American Book CollectionsVI Devotion and Division in Religious Publishing24. Heidi Hansson: Varieties of Religious Publishing, 1800-185025. Heidi Hansson: Selina Bunbury, Religion and the Woman Writer26. Cormac Begadon: Catholic Devotional Literature in Dublin, 1800-3027. Robin J. Kavanagh: Religion and Illustrated Periodicals in the 1830s28. Aileen Fyfe: The Religious Tract Society29. Heidi Hansson: The Ulster Revival, 185930. Cormac Begadon: Catholic Religious Publishing, 1800-9031. Una Ni Bhroimeil: Women Readers and Catholic MagazinesVII Literature and Literary Careers32. Eadaoin Agnew: Travel Writing33. Claire Connolly: The National Tale, 1800-183034. James H. Murphy: Novelists, Publishers and Readers, 1830-9035. Frank Ferguson: Ulster-Scots Literature36. Jacques Chuto: James Clarence Mangan37. Eve Patten: Samuel Ferguson's Hibernian Nights' Entertainments38. Margaret Kelleher: The Anthology and the DuanaireVIII Publishing the Past39. Elizabeth Tilley: The Royal Irish Academy and Antiquarianism40. Dermot McGuinne: John O'Donovan's Edition of The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters41. Patrick Maume: Margaret Cusack and Catholic-Nationalist HistoryIX Educating the Child42. John Logan: The National Curriculum43. Padraic Whyte: Children's LiteratureX Disseminating Science44. Enda Leaney: Science45. Juliana Adelman: The Industrial Resources of Ireland by Robert Kane46. Patrick J. Duffy: Ordnance Survey Maps and Official Reports47. K.J. Rankin: The Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland48. Elizabeth Lake: MedicineXI Publishing and Performance49. Chris Morash: Theatre50. Maria McHale: Music51. John Moulden: Popular SongsBibliographyIndex