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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

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By: Kelly Matthew(Editor)
248 pages, illustrations
Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
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  • Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland ISBN: 9781802076929 Paperback Aug 2022 Out of Print #258718
  • Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland ISBN: 9781789620320 Hardback Nov 2019 Out of Print #258717
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The environmental humanities are one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding areas of interdisciplinary study, and this collection of essays is a pioneering attempt to apply these approaches to the study of nineteenth-century Ireland. By bringing together historians, geographers and literary scholars, new insights are offered into familiar subjects and unfamiliar subjects are brought out into the light. Essays re-considering O'Connellism, Lord Palmerston and Isaac Butt rub shoulders with examinations of agricultural improvement, Dublin's animal geographies and Ireland's healing places. Literary writers like Emily Lawless and Seumas O'Sullivan are looked at anew, encouraging us to re-think Darwinian influences in Ireland and the history of the Irish literary revival, and transnational perspectives are brought to bear on Ireland's national park history and the dynamics of Irish natural history. Much modern Irish history is concerned with access to natural resources, whether this reflects the catastrophic effect of the Great Famine or the conflicts associated with agrarian politics, but historical and literary analyses are rarely framed explicitly in these terms. The collection responds to the 'material turn' in the humanities and contemporary concern about the environment by re-imagining Ireland's nineteenth century in fresh and original ways.


Acknowledgements   7
List of Figures   9
List of Tables   10
List of Contributors   11
Introduction   13
1. The Nature of Improvement in Ireland   28
2. Palmerston’s Conquest of Sligo   47
3. ‘A Voice for Ireland’: Isaac Butt, Environmental Justice, and the Dilemmas of the Irish Land Question   67
4. ‘In The Open Country’: Nature and the Environment during the ‘Monster’ Meeting Campaign of 1843   87
5. Therapeutic Environments in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Hybrid Spaces and Practices   108
6. On Why the UK’s First National Park Might Have Been in Ireland   130
7. Towards an Environmental History of Nineteenth-Century Dublin   151
8. Mainstream or Tributary? The Question of ‘Hibernian’ Fishes in William Thompson’s The Natural History of Ireland (1849–56)   171
9. The Ocean of Truth: Atlantic Imagery in Emily Lawless’s Major Lawrence, F.L.S. (1885) and Grania: The Story of an Island (1892)   195
10. Seumas O’Sullivan and Revivalist Nature Poetry   215
Index   235

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Matthew Kelly is a Professor of Modern History at Northumbria University.

- Matthew Kelly
- Helen O’Connell
- David Brown
- Colin W. Reid
- Huston Gilmore
- Ronan Foley
- Juliana Adelman
- Mary Orr
- Patrick Maume
- Seán Hewitt

Out of Print
By: Kelly Matthew(Editor)
248 pages, illustrations
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"A valuable and timely collection."
– Paul Warde, University of Cambridge

"The originality and the excellence of this book reside precisely in the diversity of the fields investigated by the contributors who, in their individual areas of research, show how nineteenth-century Irish history and literature can be reassessed and better understood when the issue of the environment becomes the central critical focus."
– Marie Mianowski, Estudios Irlandeses

"Overall, this coherent volume demonstrates how Irish environmental humanities continues to cultivate unique and complementary scholarship."
– Justin Dolan Stover, Irish Historical Studies

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