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Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature
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  • Page extent: 284 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.59 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 820.9/358
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR8752 .W75 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Nationalism in literature
    • English literature--Irish authors--History and criticism
    • English literature--19th century--History and criticism
    • Ireland--In literature
    • India--In literature

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521868228)

In this innovative study Julia M. Wright addresses rarely asked questions: how and why does one colonized nation write about another? Wright focuses on the way nineteenth-century Irish writers wrote about India, showing how their own experience of colonial subjection and unfulfilled national aspirations informed their work. Their writings express sympathy with the colonised or oppressed people of India in order to unsettle nineteenth-century imperialist stereotypes, and demonstrate their own opposition to the idea and reality of empire. Drawing on Enlightenment philosophy, studies of nationalism, and postcolonial theory, Wright examines fiction by Maria Edgeworth and Lady Morgan, gothic tales by Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde, poetry by Thomas Moore and others, as well as a wide array of non-fiction prose. In doing so she opens up new avenues in Irish studies and nineteenth-century literature.

• Looks at nineteenth-century nationalism anew by examining how colonised nations saw each other • Engages with a wide range of writings in all genres • Includes readings of Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Maria Edgeworth


Introduction: Insensible Empire; Part I. National Feeling, Colonial Mimicry, and Sympathetic Resolutions: 1. 'National feeling': the politics of Irish sensibility; 2. Empowering the colonized; or, virtue rewarded; 3. Travellers, converts, and demagogues; Part II. Colonial Gothic and the Circulation of Wealth: 4. On the frontier: imitation and colonial wealth in Edgeworth and Lewis; 5. 'Some neglected children': thwarted colonial genealogies; 6. Stoker and Wilde: all points east; Conclusion; Bibliography.


'… Wright directs our attention to the complexities and ambiguities of Irish nationalism during the period. … this one is a welcome addition to the study of nineteenth-century Irish writing on India.' Daniel S. Roberts, Queen's University Belfast

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