Literacy, Language and Reading in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Edited by Rebecca Anne Barr, Sarah-Anne Buckley, and Muireann O’Cinneide

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ISBN: 9781786942081

Publication: April 30, 2019

Series: Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland 4

This volume of essays explores the multiple forms and functions of reading and writing in nineteenth-century Ireland. This century saw a dramatic transition in literacy levels and in the education and language practices of the Irish population, yet the processes and full significance of these transitions remains critically under explored. This book traces how understandings of literacy and language shaped national and transnational discourses of cultural identity, and the different reading communities produced by questions of language, religion, status, education and audience. Essays are gathered under four main areas of analysis: Literacy and Bilingualism; Periodicals and their readers; Translation, transmission and transnational literacies; Visual literacies. Through these sections, the authors offer a range of understandings of the ways in which Irish readers and writers interpreted and communicated their worlds.

Muireann O’Cinneide is Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Rebecca Barr is Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Sarah-Anne Buckley is Lecturer in History at the National University of Ireland Galway and President of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Section 1 Literacy and Bilingualism

1 Varieties of Literacy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland - Niall Ó Ciosáin  
2 Douglas Hyde: First Steps in the Creation of a Linguist - Liam Mac Mathúna and Máire Níc Bhaird
Section 2 Periodicals and their Readers
3 The Nation, History and the Making of a National Citizen - James Quinn
4 Watchmen to the House of Israel? Irish Methodism and the Religious Press - Nicola Morris
5 The Dublin Penny Journal and Alternative Histories - Elizabeth Tilley
Section 3 Translation, Transmission and Transnational Literacies
6 Room With a View: Reading Ireland in the Irish College Old Library, Paris c. 1870-1900 - Darragh Gannon
7 “May God bless you and all at home”: Mid-Nineteenth-Century Irish Views on Italy As Seen Through the Letters of Albert Delahoyde, 1860-1870 - Florry O Driscoll
8 “Good Translations” or “Mental dram-drinking”? Translation and Literacy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland - Michèle Milan
Section 4 Visual Literacies
9 From Dublin to Dehar Dun: Language, Translation and Mapping Ireland and India - Nessa Cronin 
10 Reading the Hand: Palmistry, Graphology and Alternative Literacies - Stephanie Rains

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781786942081

Publication: April 30, 2019

Series: Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland 4

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