Representations of Irishness in Irish Fiction

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The purpose of much Irish fiction, it seems, is to become involved in the Irish argument, and the purpose of much Irish criticism has been to relate fiction to the argument. (Toibin 9) The issues of reality and language have been problems is Ireland, Maria Edgeworth wrote: „It is impossible to draw Ireland as she now is in the book of fiction-realities are too strong, party passions too violent, to bear to see, or care to look at their faces in a looking-glass

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Partium Christian UniversityFaculty: Human and Social StudiesSpecialization: English Language and LiteratureCourse: Writing and compositionProfessor: drd. Borbly JuliannaStudent: Gl TndeYear of study: 1st year English major, 2nd semester15 June 2010Representations of Irishness in Irish FictionThe purpose of much Irish fiction, it seems, is to become involved in the Irish argument, and the purpose of much Irish criticism has been to relate fiction to the argument. (Toibin 9)The issues of reality and language have been problems is Ireland, Maria Edgeworth wrote: It is impossible to draw Ireland as she now is in the book of fiction-realities are too strong, party passions too violent, to bear to see, or care to look at their faces in a looking-glass. The people would only break the glass and curse the fool who held the mirror up to nature-distorted nature in a fever. Lady Morgan said about Irish fiction that we are living in an era of transition. Changes moral and political are in progress. The frame of the constitution, the frame of socitey itself, are sustaining a shock, which occupies all minds, to avert or modify, under such conditions there is no legitimate literature, as there is no legitimate drama. (Toibin 9)Thomas Flanagan wrote about the Irish novel that: The nineteenth-century Irish novel established no tradition. Between Carletons death in 1896 and the beginning of the new century Ireland produced no prose writer of real st

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