Charles Maturin: Authorship, Authenticity and the Nation

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Charles Maturin: Authorship, Authenticity and the Nation

Format:  Hardcover,

208 pages

Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Service Inc

Publish Date: Nov 2011

ISBN-13: 9781846823046

ISBN-10: 1846823048

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Charles Maturin (1780-1824) is best known today for his Gothic masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer (1820). A thorough study of Maturin's wider work reveals him to have been a deeply conflicted writer at a time when a newly idealized conception of authorship was emerging alongside a ruthlessly commercial book industry. This is the first study to look at the entirety of Maturin's work in fiction, drama, and sermons within the context of changing attitudes to authorship, authenticity, and the idea of national literature in the Romantic period. Maturin emerges from this study a far more complex figure than his previous reception indicates, and also shows how his work engaged with issues at the heart of Irish, British, and European Romanticism. "Throughout his study, Kelly deftly situates Maturin and his works in the historical context of post-Revolutionary Britain, post-Union Ireland, and Napoleonic Europe, outlining the influence of many of Maturin's contemporaries..." Irish Literary Supplement, Fall 2012, Vol. 32, No. 1


Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Service Inc
Publish Date: Nov 2011
ISBN-13: 9781846823046
ISBN-10: 1846823048
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.04
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 0.75
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introduction: Maturin and the work of writingp. 9
Affect/agency/authenticityp. 27
Imitations of immorality: Fatal revenge and The Wild Irish Boyp. 52
'Passing before modern eyes': romance and rebellion in The Milesian Chiefp. 79
'My Muse I find is too Atrocious for the stage': Maturin's dramap. 106
The trouble with Women: gender and agency in modernityp. 121
Superstitious nonsense: Melmoth the Wanderer and the oral traditionp. 148
'Is this a country to be silent in?': confessional politics in Five sermons and The Albigensesp. 175
conclusion: Melmoth in the marketplacep. 192
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 202

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