Figures of Authority in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

BookFigures of Authority in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Figures of Authority in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, 6


November 25th, 2020

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This interdisciplinary collection investigates the forms that authority assumed in nineteenth-century Ireland, the relations they bore to international redefinitions of authority, and Irish contributions to the reshaping of authority in the modern age. At a time when age-old sources of social, political, spiritual and cultural authority were eroded in the Western world, Ireland witnessed both the restoration of older forms of authority and the rise of figures who defined new models of authority in a democratic age. Using new comparative perspectives as well as archival resources in a wide range of fields, the essays gathered here show how new authorities were embodied in emerging types of politicians, clerics and professionals, and in material extensions of their power in visual, oral and print cultures. These analyses often eerily echo twenty-first-century debates about populism, suspicion of scholarly and intellectual expertise, and the role of new technologies and forms of association in contesting and recreating authority. Several contributions highlight the role of emotion in the way authority was deployed by figures ranging from Daniel O’Connell to W.B. Yeats, foreshadowing the perceived rise of emotional politics in our own age. This volume demonstrates that many contested forms of authority that now look ‘traditional’ emerged from nineteenth-century crises and developments, as did the challenges that undermine authority.

CONTRIBUTORS: Marguerite Corporaal, Patrick Geoghegan, Patrick Maume, Michelle McCann, Caroline M. McGee, James H. Murphy, Shane Nagle, Niamh NicGhabhann, Richard Parfitt, Colleen M. Thomas, Tom Walker

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Raphaël Ingelbien is Associate Professor in Literary Studies at KU Leuven. Susan Galavan is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Architecture at KU Leuven.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Illustrations8
The Making of Political Icons23
1. The O’Connellite Persuasion25
2. William Johnston, Populism and Authority in Ulster Protestant Politics45
Authority and Local Governance63
3. Undermined Authority: John Reynolds and Dublin Corporation65
4. Property, Privilege and Politics: The Coroner in Pre-Famine Ireland, 1801–184685
The Authority of History105
5. A Comparative Perspective: The Problem of Monarchical Authority inNational Historiography in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and Germany107
6. Sermons and the Performance of Historiographical Authority in the Construction of the Roman Catholic Built Landscape, 1880–1890126
Assertions and Subversions of Catholic Power145
7. Power, Patronage and the Production of Catholic Material Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ireland147
8. Michael McCarthy’s Campaigns against Clerical Authority169
Aesthetic Authority191
9. Invoking the Authority of the Middle Ages in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: The ‘Irish Crosses’ of the Middle Ages in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: The ‘Irish Crosses’ of Earley & Powells193
10. W.B. Yeats, Scholastic Aestheticism and Cultural Authority in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland215
11. Local-Colour Writers: Figures of Authority?231
Notes on Contributors247