The Irish Novel Overviews - Essay


(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Maurice Harmon (essay date 1967)

SOURCE: "Irish Literature, 1800-1890: Introduction," in Modern Irish Literature 1800-1967, Dufour Editions, 1967, pp. 11-14.

[In the following essay, Harmon offers an outline of nineteenth-century Irish literature, noting the ways in which the novels of the time period reflected the socio-political structure of the country.]

Irish writing in this period can be divided into three main categories—novels, poetry and scholarship. Little of what was produced is of interest to the critic; it appeals mainly to the literary and cultural historian. Yet, no student of Irish Literature since 1890 can ignore the...

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