Chapter 4. Irish Short Fiction: 1880–1945

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. Patrick Lonergan Lecturer Director

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch4

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

Lonergan, P. (2008) Irish Short Fiction: 1880–1945, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770



  • Irish Short Fiction: 1880–1945 - series of unprecedented changes in Irish society and literature;
  • divided nature of Irish society in this period;
  • short fiction tradition writers in Ireland - William Carleton, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and Anthony Trollope;
  • writers presenting Irish subjects for the English readership – in nineteenth century facing a number of difficulties;
  • Irish stories set in usually nameless landscape;
  • Ó Conaire's story, a theme in Irish fiction - clash between appearance and reality;
  • Irish myth and folklore - gathered in Ireland since the mid-nineteenth century;
  • novelist Rosa Mulholland “The Hungry Death” (1890) - using gothic techniques to describe real horrors of Irish life;
  • Frank O'Connor - master of Irish short story


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading