Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2011

265 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719085635

Bookseller Code (06)


Dissolute Characters

Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Fanu, Yeats and Bowen

W. J. McCormack

Published by Manchester University Press

  • This study considers Irish literature in a comparative light Examines the making and unmaking of character, commencing with Balzac's impact on nineteenth century Irish fiction Through painterly imagery, biblical quotation and the distortion of proper names, Dissolute Characters explores how Le Fanu shows character to be a self-consuming project Yeats's Parnell emerges as a modernist gothic hero of the 1930s, while Bowen's 'Heat of the Day' anatomises the problems of identity, bequeathed by Yeats Radically revises the idea of a gothic tradition and traverses two centuries of Irish literary history

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