Literature and the Irish Famine 1845-1919

Hardcover | August 1, 2002

byMelissa Fegan

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The impact of the Irish famine of 1845-1852 was unparalleled in both political and psychological terms. The effects of famine-related mortality and emigration were devastating, in the field of literature no less than in other areas. In this incisive new study, Melissa Fegan explores thefamine's legacy to literature, tracing it in the work of contemporary writers and their successors, down to 1919. Dr Fegan examines both fiction and non-fiction, including journalism, travel-narratives and the Irish novels of Anthony Trollope. She argues that an examination of famine literaturethat simply categorizes it as 'minor' or views it only as a silence or an absence misses the very real contribution that it makes to our understanding of the period. This is an important contribution to the study of Irish history and literature, sharply illuminating contemporary Irish mentalities.

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The impact of the Irish famine of 1845-1852 was unparalleled in both political and psychological terms. The effects of famine-related mortality and emigration were devastating, in the field of literature no less than in other areas. In this incisive new study, Melissa Fegan explores thefamine's legacy to literature, tracing it in the...

Melissa Fegan is a Lecturer in English, Chester College of Higher Education.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.84 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Not So Ambiguous1. Faction: The Historiography of the Great Famine2. War of Words: The Famine in The Times and the Nation3. Victims and Voyeurs: Travelling in Famine Ireland4. The Immigrant's Evasion: The Subtext of Trollope's 'Famine' Novels5. William Carleton in Retrospect: The Irish Prophecy Man6. 'A Ghastly Spectral Army': History, Identity, and the Visionary Poet7. The Black Stream: Politics and Proselytism in Second-Generation Famine NovelsConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"A considerable contribution to the ongoing debate on the Great Irish Famine"-- The Historian
"A valuable and sophisticated negotiation between the disciplines of history and literature."--Times Literary Supplement
"This book makes an important contribution, providing a fuller understanding of literature that some scholars have labeled minor."--Choice