Maria Edgeworth’s Irish Writing

Language, History, Politics

  • Authors
  • Brian Hollingworth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 1-4
  3. Edgeworth and Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 7-25
    3. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 26-46
    4. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 47-68
  4. The Irish Tales

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 71-107
    3. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 122-147
    4. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 148-181
    5. Brian Hollingworth
      Pages 182-220
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-244

About this book


Edgeworth is regarded as a pioneer in the development of the regional novel and the use of vernacular language. This study investigates her attitudes towards language and regionalism. It shows, by a detailed discussion of her major Irish texts - Castle Rackrent , Essay on Irish Bulls , Ennui , The Absentee and Ormond - how her intellectual 'Lunar' background, and her life in Ireland during the momentous years of the Union is reflected in the form and language of her writing.


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