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The cartographic consciousness of Irish gothic fiction

suggests a deep-seated concern with exclusively Irish, not British, national valorisation. Recommending Amana to the attention of Elizabeth Percy, the Countess of Northumberland, whose husband acted as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1763 to 1765, Griffith reminds Percy of her family lineage, extolling ‘the names of Percy and Seymour ’ as virtually synonymous with ‘Liberty’ and ‘Glory’ ( Amana , [p. v]). She moreover praises Percy herself for her ‘humanity, benevolence and affability’, calling the latter ‘the characteristic of true nobility, in opposition to that

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829
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life – upon which character and plot depend in the mimetic mode. Naturally Jonathan Swift, the pre-eminent if marginal figure of authority within the first novel, is expunged. By a disturbing corollory, so is that breezily amusing villain, the earl of Wharton, sometime lord-lieutenant of Ireland. Authority, both the moral kind and the merely institutional, has dissolved. In

in Dissolute characters
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The wild Irish boy and the national tale

rose into the place of birth. New faces and new equipages appeared: people, who had never been heard of before, started into notice, pushed themselves forward, not scrupling to elbow their way even at the castle; and they were presented to my lord-lieutenant and to my lady-lieutenant. 17 In response to this social

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction
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‘Gothicism’, ‘historicism’, and the overlap of fictional modes from Thomas Leland to Walter Scott

arrival in Ireland and subsequent role as the first Lord Lieutenant, Strongbow wonders at the changes wrought by passing centuries: How different were we who invaded Ireland, in language, custom, manners, sentiments, knowledge of navigation and the art of war … from you of the present days! how different too that nation which submitted to our yoke, from that which now forms an invaluable portion of the British empire! Dublin, how changed from what it was when I held the rod of power! ( Earl Strongbow

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829