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Palgrave Macmillan

Irish Gothics

Genres, Forms, Modes, and Traditions, 1760-1890

ISBN 9781137366641
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Variously described as a 'canon', 'tradition', 'genre', 'form', 'mode', and 'register', Irish gothic literature suffers from a fundamental terminological confusion, and the debate over exactly which term best applies has been both heated and, ultimately, inconclusive in the past thirty years. The dominant theorization of Irish gothic literature to emerge in late-twentieth and early-twenty-first century scholarship has been driven by psychoanalytic readings of the literary gothic in Ireland as the fictional representation of the repressed fears and anxieties of the minority Anglo-Irish population. Such definitions of Irish gothic literature, however, both overlook the gothic literary output of authors who were not members of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy and suggest that gothic writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was confined solely to fiction. This collection of essays challenges these assumptions, exploring the rich and varied gothic literary production of a large, multicultural selection of authors working across the genres in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland.

Christina Morin is Lecturer of English literature at the University of Limerick, UK. She is the author of Charles Robert Maturin and the Haunting of Irish Romantic Fiction (2011) and is currently at work on a monograph titled The Gothic Novel in Ireland, 1760-1830.
Niall Gillespie completed his PhD on the imaginative literature of the Irish Jacobins at Trinity College Dublin in 2013. His teaching interests centre on the late Enlightenment, with a particular emphasis on the Irish Revolution Controversy and Irish Romanticism. He is currently working on a monograph on Irish Radical Literature from the Fall of the Bastille to the Reform Act.

List of Illustrations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: De-limiting the Irish Gothic; Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie
1. Theorizing 'Gothic' in Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Christina Morin
2. The Irish Protestant Gothic Imaginary: The Cultural Contexts for the Gothic Chapbooks, published by Bennett Dugdale, 1800-1805; Diane Long Hoeveler
3. Irish Jacobin Gothic, c. 1796-1825; Niall Gillespie
4. Suffering Rebellion: Irish Gothic Fiction, 1799-1830; Jim Shanahan
5. The Gothicization of Irish Folklore; Anne Markey
6. Maturin's Catholic Heirs: Expanding the Limits of Irish Gothic; Richard Haslam
7. J.S. Le Fanu, Gothic, and the Irish Periodical; Elizabeth Tilley
8. 'Whom We Name Not': The House by the Churchyard and its Annotation; W.J. Mc Cormack
9. Muscling Up: Bram Stoker and Irish Masculinity in The Snake's Pass; Jarlath Killeen
10. 'The Old Far West and the New': Bram Stoker, Race, and Manifest Destiny; Luke Gibbons

Luke Gibbons, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Niall Gillespie, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Richard Haslam, Saint Joseph's University, USA
Diane Long Hoeveler, Marquette University, USA
Jarlath Killeen, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
W.J. McCormack, writer
Anne Markey, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Christina Morin, University of Limerick, Ireland
Jim Shanahan, St. Patrick's College, Ireland
Elizabeth Tilley, NUI Galway, Ireland


'...this fine collection of essays, brought together by Gillespie and Morin, suggests that few genres have generated as much debate in Irish literary studies in recent years as the Gothic.' - Sinéad Sturgeon, Times Literary Supplement
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