Anglo-Irish agrarian fiction in the 19th century
Paul E H Davis
It is impossible to study literature in Ireland in the nineteenth century without also considering the history, social issues, politics and religion. There were no significant Irish historians during the period and so novelists had to become both storytellers and socio-political commentators. This book examines how Anglo-Irish writers, from Maria Edgeworth to Anthony Trollope and Bram Stoker, consistently re-worked the same issues in their novels, and provides a new interpretation of the categorization of the Anglo-Irish agrarian novel. The real divisions are between those who look to foreign solutions and those who privilege the fantastic or surreal.