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dc.contributor.authorRushby, Elleesa
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-21T11:08:28Z
dc.date.available2021-05-21T11:08:28Z
dc.date.issued2019-10
dc.identifier.citationRushyby, E. (2019) 'Homecoming – an Irish ghost story: reflections on the Irish gothic tradition'. MA by Research thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/624973
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MA by Research thesis.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis and my creative work, Homecoming, aim to explore some of the reasons why the Anglo-Irish were so prolific at writing supernatural and in particularly Gothic fiction during the 19th century, particularly as an expression of their fragile identity within the broader British Empire and in Ireland. Homecoming, while set at the end of WW2, examines a fictional legacy of ‘The Hunger’ on the colonised Catholic Irish, dealing with the taboo subject of cannibalism. Homecoming’s Gothic mode, includes elements such as the uncanny and the family curse, blending The Big House with folklore and storytelling, as an allegory on the dysfunctional relationship between Protestants and Catholics in the uncertainty and isolationism of post-emergency Ireland. The thesis explores how the Anglo-Irish abjected the Catholic Irish out of fear of losing control, manipulating their literary depiction for commercial and political reasons, while robbing them of the agency to tell their own story. It traces the migration of Anglo-Irish Gothic into English Literature, appropriation of the Catholic Irish experience and questions colonial depiction of the colonised. The thesis offers a basis for discussion about the attitudes and behaviours of the characters in Homecoming.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen_US
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectgothicen_US
dc.subjectAnglo-Irishen_US
dc.subjectsupernaturalen_US
dc.subjectfolkloreen_US
dc.subjecthungeren_US
dc.subjectSubject Categories::Q323 English Literature by topicen_US
dc.titleHomecoming – an Irish ghost story: reflections on the Irish gothic traditionen_US
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen_US
refterms.dateFOA2021-05-21T11:08:29Z


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