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Peasant or Pheasant Novelist? The Authority of William Carleton

James H. Murphy

in Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199596997
eISBN:
9780191723520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596997.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Recent scholarship has shown that William Carleton's work reflected the literary conventions of improvement literature and was not therefore especially representational of peasant life, the reason ... More


William Carleton and the End of Writing

CHRISTOPHER MORASH

in Writing the Irish Famine

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182795
eISBN:
9780191673887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182795.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter shows the troubled space occupied by William Carleton's writing in 19th-century Ireland. On one hand, there is mistrust and the fear of the heterodox; on the other, Carleton offers a ... More


Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement

Helen O'Connell

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286461
eISBN:
9780191713361
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286461.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

This book studies Irish improvement fiction, a neglected genre of 19th-century literary, social, and political history. The book shows how the fiction of Mary Leadbeater, Charles Bardin, Martin ... More


The Silence of Irish

Helen O’connell

in Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286461
eISBN:
9780191713361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286461.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

This chapter shows how the irrationality of Irish is exemplified by its invocation as a metaphor for sentimentality and pathos in ‘Hibernian’ idioms such as ‘asthore’ and ‘machree’. Improvement ... More


William Carleton’s and Charles Kickham’s Ethnographic Realism

Mary L. Mullen

in Novel Institutions: Anachronism, Irish Novels and Nineteenth-Century Realism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474453240
eISBN:
9781474477116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474453240.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on William Carleton and Charles Joseph Kickham, two Irish writers who received critical and popular acclaim for their truthful portrayals of Irish life in the nineteenth century ... More


Improvement and Nostalgia: Society Schools and Hedge Schools

Helen O’connell

in Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286461
eISBN:
9780191713361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286461.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

This chapter demonstrates how improvement education was defined against the example of the hedge school and accordingly sought to instil an ‘ordinary’, vocational education — attuned to the needs of ... More


Political Discipline and the Rhetoric of Moderation

Helen O’connell

in Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286461
eISBN:
9780191713361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286461.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

This chapter explores how improvement writers attributed agrarian unrest in rural Ireland to the absenteeism, decadence, and irresponsibility of landlords as well as to the difficulty of civilizing ... More


Introduction: The Aesthetics of Plainness

Helen O’connell

in Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286461
eISBN:
9780191713361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286461.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

This book examines a particular strain of realism that found expression in the ‘improvement’ fiction of post-Union Ireland. Strongly didactic and assertively realistic, Irish improvement fiction ... More


Writing the Irish Famine

Christopher Morash

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182795
eISBN:
9780191673887
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182795.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In the late 1840s, more than one million Irish men and women died of starvation and disease, and a further two million emigrated in one of the worst European sustenance crises of modern times. Yet a ... More


‘False Refinement’, Plain Speech and Improved Writing

Helen O’connell

in Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286461
eISBN:
9780191713361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286461.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

This chapter examines how improvement plainness was intended to offset the convoluted utterances of both oral and high literary cultures. The lengthy stories of oral tradition were to give way to the ... More


The Fighting Irish: Faction Fighting as Leisure in the Writings of William Carleton

Kevan O’Rourke

in Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781781381823
eISBN:
9781781382325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381823.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Nineteenth century Irish novelist William Carleton (1794-1869), born a Catholic peasant in the north of Ireland, offers a unique insider perspective through his fiction on life and society amongst ... More


Conclusion: Claiming the Dead

CHRISTOPHER MORASH

in Writing the Irish Famine

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182795
eISBN:
9780191673887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182795.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

William Carleton's ‘Far Gurtha’ can stand as an icon for the whole body of 19th-century literature on the Irish Famine, the haunting projection of the absent Famine dead. Read in this way, ‘Far ... More


Conclusion

Helen O’connell

in Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286461
eISBN:
9780191713361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286461.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

Improvement discourse is central to an understanding of both 19th-century and Revival-period Ireland. The writers examined in this book were instrumental in an attempt to articulate a realism that ... More


Narratives of Scholars and Schools

Laurie O’Higgins

in The Irish Classical Self: Poets and Poor Scholars in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198767107
eISBN:
9780191821295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767107.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter surveys the assessments of Arthur Young, Coquebert de Montbret, Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson), Charles Henry Wilson, John Milner, William Shaw Mason, Humphrey O’Sullivan, Thomas Crofton ... More


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