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Chapter 11 - The Irish Realist Novel

from Part III - Forms of Experience

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2020

Eric Falci
Affiliation:
University of California, Berkeley
Paige Reynolds
Affiliation:
College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
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This chapter offers a study of some key developments in Irish realism from the 1980s to the contemporary moment. The Irish novel in a variety of forms, including the bildungsroman, the family novel, the expatriate novel and political fiction, has developed significantly in this period and its highest achievements are distinguished by memorable characterisation, probing social critique, and lyrical writing. Stressing issues of form, style, and affect as well as content, the study examines a selection of Irish fictions, urban and rural, domestic and overseas, northern and southern, and considers their relationship to wider and ongoing changes in Irish society in recent times.

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Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Irish Realist Novel
  • Edited by Eric Falci, University of California, Berkeley, Paige Reynolds, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition: 1980–2020
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108564373.015
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  • The Irish Realist Novel
  • Edited by Eric Falci, University of California, Berkeley, Paige Reynolds, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition: 1980–2020
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108564373.015
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  • The Irish Realist Novel
  • Edited by Eric Falci, University of California, Berkeley, Paige Reynolds, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition: 1980–2020
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108564373.015
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