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A Critical Reappraisal of the Writings of Francis Sylvester Mahony





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ISBN 9780367665746
September 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

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 Correspondence in 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

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Biography

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.