By Heidi Kaufman, Chris Fauske

Lately, Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) has been the topic of accelerating curiosity. a lady, a member of the landholding elite, an educator, and a daughter who lived below the ancient shadow of her father, Edgeworth's existence is tough to categorize. sarcastically, the very features of Edgeworth's identification that when excluded her from literary and historic discussions now shape the foundation of present curiosity in her lifestyles and her writing. This number of essays builds on current scholarship to improve new views approximately Edgeworth's position in English and Irish background, literary heritage, and women's historical past. those essays discover the ways that Edgeworth's complete grownup lifestyles used to be an try to reconcile the irreconcilable, an try to justify and defend her personal privileged place whilst she said the tenuousness of that place and as she sought to assert different privileges denied her.

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Allusively, via the medium of song, Ennui and The Absentee enact the mass rebellion and its aftermath. Since other plotlines introduce Anglicized Irish characters, the resulting collage captures a hybrid, divided Irish people at the point in their history when they heard a dynamic call—that of the United Irish movement for unification into a single organic nation. Notes 1. Norman Vance, Irish Literature: A Social History (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1990), 66. Among the works I have in mind are, Marianne Elliott, Partners in Revolution: The United Irishmen and France (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982) and Wolfe Tone, Prophet of Irish Independence (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989); Jim Smyth, The Men of No Property: Irish Radicals and Popular Politics in the Late 18th Century (London, Macmillan, 1992); Thomas Bartlett, ‘‘An End to Moral Economy: The Irish Militia Disturbances of 1793,’’ Past and Present 99 (1983), 41–64; ‘‘Defenders and Defenderism in 1795,’’ in Irish Historical Studies 24 (1984–85), 373–94; Nancy Curtin, The United Irishmen: Popular Politics in Ulster and Dublin, 1791–1798 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994); Kevin Whelan, The Tree of Liberty: Radicalism, Catholicism and the Construction of Irish Identity, 1760–1830 (Cork: Cork University Press, 1996) and ‘‘Politicisation in Co Wexford,’’ in Gough, Hugh, and D.

He may have had such plans 40 AN UNCOMFORTABLE AUTHORITY for Dublin, and, who knows, to make a start on the Hibernian-English tongue. Whom he met and what he learnt we can only guess at since, still in 1791, the captain collapsed and died in a Dublin street, leaving unanswered the obvious question: Was Dublin already a milieu where linguistic phrase collecting and cross-class socialization of Grose’s kind was developing? Two or three years later Grose would, once he had made the right contacts, almost certainly have been passed on from place to place, especially in the culturally rich areas still partly or largely Gaelicspeaking.

Since she is called Nugent, presumably her husband’s name, we take it he had followed his family’s military tradition of serving one of the Catholic monarchs, usually in France or in Austria. A civilian, Robert Nugent, was, however, also a notable late eighteenth-century figure and could be included in the compliments the novel pays to the family. With Edmund Burke and others in 1778 he had lobbied in the Westminster parliament for better trade concessions for Ireland and for repeal of its anti-Catholic legislation.

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