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Published: 31 January 2020

288 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789620344

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Rough Beasts

The Monstrous in Irish Fiction, 1800-2000

Jack Fennell

Liverpool University Press

Liverpool English Texts and Studies LUP

  • Expands on the author's groundbreaking historiographical framework from Irish Science Fiction (2014)
  • Uses rare and lesser-known sources in both English and Irish
  • Utilises a thematic structure, through which the effects of historical ruptures (particularly the Great Famine) can be charted across different manifestations of monstrosity in Irish literature.
  • The first book on Irish horror tropes to incorporate a Sartrean reading of witchcraft, cannibalism, ghosts, werewolves and vampires
  • Multifaceted approach integrating strands of historicist, psychoanalytic and eco-critical assessment into literary/genre criticism