Towards a theory of public opinion
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Sheridan Le Fanu's relations with publishers were more primitive, though tensions between privacy and publicity can be observed in the mid-Victorian period. Being not only a contributor to the The Dublin University Magazine but also its proprietor and editor, Le Fanu was placed on a major cross-roads of private and public perspectives. The particular conditions of the private/public dichotomy in mid-Victorian Ireland can only be fully appreciated within the larger context of the United Kingdom of which Ireland was so anomalous a part. The dichotomy of public and private may be long-lived but it is at every stage historically conditioned. A theory of public opinion would thus concern itself more with significant fractures in the continuity rather than with yet another seamless chronicle.

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Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Farm, Yeats and Bowen

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