Ancestral Voices The Big House in Anglo-Irish Literature

By: Otto Rauchbauer

Edited 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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230 x 160mm, 308pp