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  • Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland’s Political and Religious Controversies in the Fiction of May Laffan Hartley
  • Helena Kelleher Kahn
  • 2005
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  • Published by: ELT Press
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In her novels and short stories, May Laffan Hartley (1849–1916) depicts the religious and political controversies of late nineteenth- century Ireland. Helena Kelleher Kahn reintroduces us to Laffan’s vivid, witty fiction, rich in political and social commentary. Laffan did not offer clear-cut approval to one side or the other of the social and religious divide but weighed both and often found them wanting. She adds a missing dimension to the Irish world of Wilde, Shaw, Moore and Joyce. A woman of the age subtly embroiders the acute challenges and divisions of middle-class Ireland. As Kahn says, “she chose to write about the alcoholic ex-student, the impecunious solicitor, the farmer or merchant turned politician, and their often resentful wives and children. On the whole her world view was pessimistic. Rural Ireland was a beautiful intellectual desert. Dublin was a place to leave, not to live in.” This account of her life and work will be of interest to students of Anglo-Irish literature and history, as well as women’s studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xiii-ix
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. CHAPTER 1. Origins and Early Years
  2. pp. 13-42
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Adult Life and Works
  2. pp. 43-71
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Class and Politics in Hogan MP
  2. pp. 72-110
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  1. CHAPTER 4. Class, Identity and Education in Miss Ferrard
  2. pp. 111-136
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Conflicting Values, Class and Religion in Christy Carew
  2. pp. 137-168
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  1. CHAPTER 6. Stories of Poverty and Hope
  2. pp. 169-196
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  1. CHAPTER 7. A Political Allegory of Fenian Ireland?
  2. pp. 197-226
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 227-231
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 232-270
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 271-276
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780944318324
Related ISBN(s)
9780944318188
MARC Record
OCLC
607773219
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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