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A Critical Reappraisal of the Writings of Francis Sylvester Mahony

1st Edition

By Fergus Dunne

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286 pages

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This book resituates Francis Sylvester Mahony in an early nineteenth-century literary-historical context, counteracting the efforts of twentieth-century literary historians to obscure his contribution to the emergence of a distinctive Irish Catholic fiction in English. This volume re-explores his ambivalent role as a Catholic unionist contributor to the progressive Tory London periodical, Fraser’s Magazine, examining his use of translation to map out an alternative literary aesthetic of the peripheries. The book also traces the development of his political thinking in his Italian journalism for Charles Dickens’ Daily News, in which he responded to the events of the Famine by finding common cause with Young Ireland, and looks afresh at his final incarnation as a British Liberal commentator on Irish and European affairs for the Globe newspaper. More broadly, the book seeks to re-evaluate Mahony’s cosmopolitan writings in relation to the multifaceted, transnational perspectives on Irish, British, and European affairs presented in his essays and journalism.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Biographical Overview

Section 1.

1. Centrally Peripheral, Peripherally Central: The "Prout Papers" of Francis Sylvester Mahony

William Maginn, Cork, and Fraser’s Magazine

The "Prout Papers"

Mahony and O’Connell

Classicism and Cultural Continuity

Peripheral Considerations?

Conclusion

2. "Oppression Makes a Wise Man Mad": Representations of Jonathan Swift in the Writings of Francis Sylvester Mahony

Economic Patriot?

Fictional Considerations: Sincerity and Irony

Conclusion

3. "Attaining Majority" in the Celtic Peripheries: Francis Sylvester Mahony, Walter Scott, and "The Groves of Blarney"

"A Plea for Pilgrimages"

Antiquarianism and Narrative History

"The Groves of Blarney"

Conclusion

4. The Politics of Translation in "The Rogueries of Thomas Moore"

Moore as Nationalist Commentator

(Mis)representing the Irish Past

The Politicization of Historical Discourse

Equivalence and Politicized Translation

Conclusion

5. "Custom Doth Make Dotards of Us All": Peripheral Perspectives on the Center in the "Prout Papers" and Sartor Resartus

Mahony, Carlyle, and Sartor Resartus

Intercultural Dialogue: Scottish and Irish Correlations

Translating the Center and Periphery

Cultural Translation

Conclusion

Section 2.

6. "From Cork […] to St. Peter’s Cupola": The Idea of Italy in the Writings of Francis Sylvester Mahony

Mahony and The Daily News

Allegorizing Italian History

"The Fag End of an Old Reign"

"Unfurling the Banner of Reform"

Mahony, Young Ireland, and Roman Republicanism

Conclusion

7. "The Independent Expression of Public Opinion": The Paris Correspondence of Francis Sylvester Mahony

The Globe Correspondencein Context

Parisian Letters

Ultramontanism in France

Mahony and Archbishop Cullen

Progressive Liberalism and Fenian Republicanism

Conclusion

Section 3.

8. Fragments, Politics, and "The Bells of Shandon"

Literary and Local Contexts

"The Bells of Shandon"

Critical Reception

Conclusion

9."Shameful Literary Traditions": Daniel Corkery and the Literary Reputation of Francis Sylvester Mahony

Nineteenth-Century Perspectives

Irish-Ireland, Daniel Corkery, and Literary Expatriation

Interpreting Mahony after Synge and Anglo-Irish Literature

Conclusion

10. Cosmopolitanism in the Margins: Francis Sylvester Mahony, James Clarence Mangan, and the Author-Translator in Nineteenth-Century Irish Literature

Mahony and Mangan as Irish Catholic Magazinists

Indirection and Pseudonymous Authorship

Parodic Translation and Literary Paternity

Conclusion

About the Author

Fergus Dunne received his Ph.D. in Anglo-Irish literature at the University of Sussex. His dissertation presented a critical reappraisal of the texts and contexts of Francis Sylvester Mahony. He has published several articles on various aspects of Mahony’s literary and journalistic careers in international peer-reviewed journals.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

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Subject Categories

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LITERARY CRITICISM / General