Remembrance and Imagination Patterns in the Historical and Literary Representation of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century
- List Price: $20.00
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr
- Publish date: 03/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780268016555
- ISBN10: 0268016550
The Irish self-image in the nineteenth century attempted to formulate permanence, tradition, and continuity in the face of historical and political divisions and incoherence. The cultivation of a gloried past and of an idyllic peasantry are central preoccupations in Irish national thought. This book analyzes the discourse, rhetoric, stereotypes, and ingrained attitudes with which those preoccupations were invested, both in literature and historical scholarship. The book closes with a reinterpretation of the position of Synge and Joyce in repudiating the nineteenth-century schemata of representing Ireland.