Representing the National Landscape in Irish Romanticism
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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I would like to begin by thanking the Canada Research Chairs Program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for their generous support not only while I worked on this book, but also during the years before I even began: with the...
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The land has long been central to articulations of Irish nationality, from diasporic phrases such as “the auld sod” to myriad representations of rural Irishness and from various contested demarcations of territory, such as “beyond the pale,” connoting Irish-ruled land...
1. The Maids of Killarney: Transatlantic Circulation and the Origins of the National Tale
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It is a critical commonplace that topographical poetry in the English tradition harks back to Virgil’s agricultural poems, the Georgics of 29 BCE.1 As the epigraphs to this chapter attest, however, these agricultural poems are deeply entwined with imperial discourse....
2. “This Vale of Tears: ”Glendalough and the Gothic
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If Killarney occupies a special place in the romanticization of Ireland, as Luke Gibbons suggests,1 then Glendalough is arguably its gothic double. Both in the south of Ireland, Killarney on the southwest coast in Kerry and Glendalough to the east in Wicklow, the...
3. Transatlantic Movements: Exile and Migration
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The significant expansion of the Irish diaspora in the period covered by this study is a well-established historical fact. Political exiles, particularly in the 1790s and 1840s, added to a steady stream of economic exiles, culminating in the exodus precipitated by the Great...
4. From Terror to Terrorism: Gothic Movements in England
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The category of the gothic has been suggestively engaged by a number of postcolonial critics in recent years to grasp Irish writers’ depiction of the colonial situation and the racist representation of the Irish. This project has recently moved into a new stage of...
5. Foreign Landscapes and the Domestication of the National Subject
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As Benedict Anderson suggests in his essay “Long-Distance Nationalism,” “The nativeness of natives is always unmoored, its real significance hybrid and oxymoronic,”1 a belated effect of globalization and the circulation of languages, cultures, and bodies across...
6. Geopolitics from Drennan to Cavour: Locating Ireland in a Changing Europe
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As the foregoing chapters suggest, there was considerable debate in Irish literature about the place of Ireland both in the British Isles and in a wider global field, and specifically interest in Ireland’s international relationships. While this chapter focuses on nonfiction prose...
Conclusion. The Case of the Love Elegy
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As we have seen in the preceding chapters, Irish literature is often concertedly international in concern, from John Leslie’s interest in the transatlantic to William Drennan’s in Western geopolitics, to the poetry of Irish migrants and literary depictions of such figures, to...
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Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2014