Examines the way in which the problem of 'incomplete union' gererated by the formation of the United Kingdom in 1800 destabilised British public discourse in the early decades of the nineteenth century.
Ina Ferris examines the way in which the problem of 'incomplete union' generated by the formation of the United Kingdom in 1800 destabilised British public discourse in the early decades of the nineteenth century. Ferris offers the first full-length study of the chief genre to emerge out of the political problem of Union: the national tale, an intercultural and mostly female-authored fictional mode that articulated Irish grievances to English readers. Ferris draws on current theory and archival research to show how the national tale crucially intersected with other public genres such as travel narratives, critical reviews and political discourse. In this fascinating study, Ferris shows how the national tales of Morgan, Edgeworth, Maturin, and the Banim brothers dislodged key British assumptions and foundational narratives of history, family and gender in the period.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the awkward space of Union 1 (17)
Civic travels: the Irish tour and the new 18 (28)
Public address: the national tale and the 46 (28)
pragmatics of sympathy
Female agents: rewriting the national 74 (28)
heroine in Morgan's later fiction
The shudder of history: Irish Gothic and 102(25)
Agitated bodies: the Emancipation debate 127(28)
and novels of insurgency in the 1820s