Ancestral Voices The Big House in Anglo-Irish Literature
By: Otto Rauchbauer
The Big House motif has long been prominent in Anglo-Irish literature, but a comprehensive study of the subject is still awaited. Ancestral Voices brings together new essays on relevant work by Maria Edgeworth, Charles Lever, George Moore, Somerville and Ross, W.B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson, Elizabeth Bowen, Molly Keane, Aidan Higgins, Jennifer Johnston, John Banville and William Trevor.
The book opens with two general surveys, ‘The Big House and Irish History’ and ‘Continuity and Change in Irish Fiction’, concluding with a consideration of the social and material culture on the Big House as it exists today.
The thirteen contributors are drawn from Ireland, Germany, Austria and the United States. The editor, Otto Rauchbauer, teaches at the University of Vienna.
An Introductory sketch – Otto Rauchbauer
Continuity and Change in Irish Fiction: The Case of the Big-House Novel – Klaus Lubbers
Setting and Ideology: with Reference to the Fiction of Maria Edgeworth – W.J. Mc Cormack
Reflecting Absent Interiors: The Big-House Novels of Charles Lever – Christopher Morash
The Country House in George Moore’s A Drama in Muslin – Paul Goetsch
Somerville & Ross: The Real Charlotte and The Big House of Inver – Rüdiger Imhof
Lennox Robinson, The Big House, Killycreggs in twilight and ‘the Vestigia of Generations’ – Christopher Murray
The Big House, Yeats, and the Irish Context – Antony Coleman
The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen’s Paradise Lost – Lorna Reynolds
The Big House in the Irish Short Story after 1918: A Critical Survey – Otto Rauchbauer
Reinventing a Form: The Big House in Aidan Higgins’ Langrishe, Go Down – Vera Kreilkamp
‘This White Elephant of a Place’: Jennifer Johnston’s Uses of the Big House – Klaus Lübbers
‘This Lawless House’ – John Banville
Post-Modernist Treatment of the Big-House Motif in Birchwood and The Newton Letter -Susan Burgstaller
Saints of the Ascendancy: William Trevor’s Big House Novels – Max Deen Larsen
The Big House: A Genealogist’s Perspective and a Personal Point of View – Henry McDowell
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