By Heather Ingman

Although the quick tale is usually considered as relevant to the Irish canon, this 2009 textual content used to be the 1st accomplished examine of the style for a few years. Heather Ingman strains the improvement of the fashionable brief tale in eire from its beginnings within the 19th century to the current day. Her research analyses the cloth situations surrounding booklet, studying the position of magazines and editors in shaping the shape. Ingman accommodates contemporary serious considering at the brief tale, strains overseas connections, and provides a relevant half to Irish women's brief tales. each one bankruptcy concludes with an in depth research of key tales from the interval mentioned, that includes Joyce, Edna O'Brien and John McGahern, between others. With its complete bibliography and biographies of authors, this quantity may be a key paintings of reference for students and scholars either one of Irish fiction and of the trendy brief tale as a style.

Show description

Read or Download A History of the Irish Short Story PDF

Similar british & irish books

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The good struggle of 1914-1918 marked a turning aspect in sleek background and tradition. This better half deals serious overviews of the most important literary genres and social contexts that outline the examine of the literatures produced through global warfare I. It examines the war's influence on a number of nationwide literatures prior to addressing the way in which the battle affected Modernism, the eu avant-garde, movie, women's writing, memoirs, and, after all, the struggle poets.

City Of Masks

Urban of mask is a swashbuckling experience in a environment equivalent to Shakespeare's Italy (complete with twins). within the city-state of Bonvidaeo, via customized and legislations everybody needs to put on a masks and act in personality with it, or face civil, social and non secular consequences. Gregorius Bass is distributed to Bonvidaeo because the Envoy of Calaria, basically to get him out from underfoot.

Sing-song: A Nursery Rhyme Book

For fogeys and kids, those undying verses are a fabulous manner of shooting the enjoyment and wonder of adolescence — reproduced the following with unique Victorian illustrations. a hundred and twenty poems. a hundred and twenty illustrations via Arthur Hughes.

Special Assignments: The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin (Erast Fandorin Mysteries)

In unique Assignments, Erast Fandorin, nineteenth-century Russia’s suavest sleuth, faces ambitious new foes: One steals outrageous sums of cash, the opposite takes lives. “The Jack of Spades” is a civilized swindler who has conned hundreds of thousands of rubles from Moscow’s residents–including Fandorin’s personal boss, Prince Dolgorukoi.

Additional info for A History of the Irish Short Story

Example text

Ferguson’s aim, however, was not primarily recuperative but to set out his particular perspective on Irish history at the moment of Ireland’s transition from an aristocratic society to a merchant class. The words of Brother Virgil in ‘Corby MacGillmore’ proclaim the essence of Ferguson’s ideal for civic life based on a prosperous and settled middle class and an urban market economy: ‘I see these wild woods, now the refuge of the wolf, yielding to the fair green fields of a civilized and prosperous people .

His stories, published variously in Blackwood’ s Edinburgh Magazine, Bentley’ s ‘ Miscellany’ and The Literary Souvenir, illustrate the range of the nineteenth-century short narrative, from the Gothic horror of ‘The Man in the Bell’ (Blackwood’ s Magazine, 1821) and ‘A Night of Terror’ (Bentley’ s ‘ Miscellany’ , 1836), to tales of comic misunderstanding (‘The Two Butlers of Kilkenny’, Bentley’ s ‘ Miscellany’ , 1836) and humorous tales of military life (‘Bob Burke’s Duel with Ensign Brady of the 48th’, Blackwood’ s Magazine, 1834).

Nevertheless, tales like ‘The Knight of the Sheep’ and ‘The Half-Sir’ show Griffin shifting the Irish short narrative away from one-dimensional characters who simply react to events or are illustrative of some moral point. Griffin is often judged, and found wanting, because of his distance from the lives of the peasants he portrayed, but his tales are a vital record of the emergent Catholic identity in the years between the Act of Union and the Great Famine. 22 The wording of this suggests that, in the minds of Griffin’s contemporaries, national themes continued to take precedence over matters of style when assessing short fiction.

Download PDF sample

A History of the Irish Short Story by Heather Ingman
Rated 4.39 of 5 – based on 33 votes