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Apocryphal and Literary Influences in Galway Disaporic History establishes that apocryphal stories, in all their transformations, contribute to collective memory. Common characteristics frame their analysis: irreducible and enduring elements, often embedded in archetypal drama; lack of historical verification; establishment in collective memory; revivals after periods of dormancy; subjection to political and economic manipulation; implicit speculation; and literary transformations. This book ...
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-229) and index.
Chapter 1: The magistrate of Galway -- Chapter 2: Edward Geoghegan and The Hibernian father (1844) -- Chapter 3: Apocryphal stories generated by the wreck of the Admella (1859) -- Chapter 4: Apocryphal stories in historical fiction: Kate Grenville's The secret river (2005) and Searching for the secret river (2006) -- Chapter 5: Architextuality, genre, the Australian fiction tradition.
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