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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland$
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Matthew Kelly

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620320

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620320.001.0001

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The Ocean of Truth: Atlantic Imagery in Emily Lawless’s Major Lawrence, F.L.S. (1885) and Grania: The Story of an Island (1892)

The Ocean of Truth: Atlantic Imagery in Emily Lawless’s Major Lawrence, F.L.S. (1885) and Grania: The Story of an Island (1892)

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(p.183) 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)
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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
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Patrick Maume

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620320.003.0010

This chapter relates Emily Lawless’s use of the imagery of the Atlantic Ocean and dissolution in water in her novels Major Lawrence FLS (1885) and Grania: The Story of an Island (1892) to her sense of the crisis of religious belief triggered by the Darwinian dissolution of the concept of fixed species, the Wagnerian and Schopenhauerian portrayal of the life-force embodied in sexuality as simultaneously ecstatic and entrapping, and the defeat and increasing irrelevance of the late Victorian Irish landed class.

Keywords:   Darwinism and sexual selection, aestheticism and decadence, oceanic, Aran Islands, Wagnerianism, Irish Revival and counter-revivalism, Scientific discovery, Tourism, Masculinity and femininity, Atlantic Ocean, Ireland

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