'Modernity and Nineteenth-Century Ireland: the making of a "national reader"'
Item Type:Book Chapter
Citation:Patten, Eve, 'Modernity and Nineteenth-Century Ireland: the making of a "national reader"', (2014). In Irimia, M. and Paris, A. (Eds), Literature and the Long Modernity, Amsterdam, New York, Rodopi
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This paper examines ‘national reading’ in nineteenth-century Ireland in relation to concepts of Irish modernity. Through William St Clair’s framework of the ‘reading nation’, I assess historical descriptions of reading against the grain of Irish cultural nationalism to query the discrepancy between perceptions of a reading culture and the facts of reading practice. With attention to the context of the Irish Revival, I suggest that Ireland’s exposure to a European modernity through print culture was much broader than nationalist portraits of an ‘Irish reader’ permit.
Author: Patten, Eve
Other Titles:Literature and the Long Modernity
Type of material:Book Chapter
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Subject (TCD):Identities in Transformation , Making Ireland , Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures , 19th Century Irish cultural history , Anglo-Irish literature, poetry , Irish writing, poetry, Drama, cinema , Victorian studies, popular fiction