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Rough Beasts: The Monstrous in Irish Fiction, 1800-2000

Jack Fennell


This book looks at Irish Gothic and horror texts, in both English and Irish, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth, examining how this kind of fiction represented the cultural and political concerns of the day through the deployment of monsters, both as characters and as representative figures. Monsters disrupt both our definition of ‘history’ (as a record of past events arranged into a narrative structure) and our scientific, political, or ‘common sense’ understanding of what is possible or impossible; the monster exists outside any notion of a universal mor ... More

Keywords: Irish literature, Irish history, monsters, horror, absurdity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620344
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Fennell, author