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The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel

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John Wilson Foster, Aileen Douglas, Miranda Burgess, Vera Kreilkamp, Siobhan Kilfeather, James H. Murphy, Adrian Frazier, Bruce Stewart, Norman Vance, Alan Titley, Ann Owens Weekes, Terence Brown, Elizabeth Grubgeld, Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, Eve Patten
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521679961

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  • The Irish novel has had a distinguished history. It spans such diverse authors as James Joyce, George Moore, Maria Edgeworth, Bram Stoker, Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, Lady Morgan, John Banville, and others. Yet it has until now received less critical attention than Irish poetry and drama. This volume covers three hundred years of Irish achievement in fiction, with essays on key genres, themes, and authors. It provides critiques of individual works, accounts of important novelists, and histories of sub-genres and allied narrative forms, establishing significant social and political contexts for dozens of novels. The varied perspectives and emphases by more than a dozen critics and literary historians ensure that the Irish novel receives due tribute for its colour, variety and linguistic verve. Each chapter features recommended further reading. This is the perfect overview for students of the Irish novel from the romances of the seventeenth century to the present day.

    • The most comprehensive overview available of the Irish novel across three centuries
    • Covers Joyce, Edgeworth, Stoker, O'Brien, Banville and many others
    • Features a chronology and further reading by chapter
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521679961
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 155 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction John Wilson Foster
    1. The novel before 1800 Aileen Douglas
    2. The national tale and allied genres, 1770s–1840 Miranda Burgess
    3. The novel of the big house Vera Kreilkamp
    4. The Gothic novel Siobhan Kilfeather
    5. Catholics and fiction during the Union (1801–1922) James H. Murphy
    6. Irish modernisms, 1880–1930 Adrian Frazier
    7. James Joyce Bruce Stewart
    8. Region, realism, and reaction, 1922–72 Norman Vance
    9. The novel in Irish Alan Titley
    10. Women novelists, 1930s–1960s Ann Owens Weekes
    11. Two post-modern novelists: Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien Terence Brown
    12. Life writing in the twentieth century Elizabeth Grubgeld
    13. The novel and the Northern Troubles Elmer Kennedy-Andrews
    14. Contemporary Irish fiction Eve Patten.

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    John Wilson Foster, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    John Wilson Foster is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

    Contributors

    John Wilson Foster, Aileen Douglas, Miranda Burgess, Vera Kreilkamp, Siobhan Kilfeather, James H. Murphy, Adrian Frazier, Bruce Stewart, Norman Vance, Alan Titley, Ann Owens Weekes, Terence Brown, Elizabeth Grubgeld, Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, Eve Patten

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