Writing the Irish Famine

Hardcover | September 1, 1995

byChristopher Morash

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In the late 1840s, more than one million Irish men and women died of starvation and disease, and a further two million emigrated in one of the worst European sustenance crises of modern times. Yet a general feeling persists that the Irish Famine eluded satisfactory representation. Writing theFamine examines literary texts by writers such as William Carleton. Anthony Trollope, James Clarence Mangan, John Mitchel, and Samuel Ferguson, and reveals how they interact with histories, sermons, economic treatises to construct a narrative of the most important and elusive events in Irishhistory. In this strikingly original and compelling contribution to Irish culture studies, Christopher Moras explores the concept of the Famine as a moment of absence. He argues the event constitutes an unspeakable moment in attempts to write the past - a point at which the great Victorian metanarrativesof historical change collapse. Aligning itself with new historical literary criticism, Writing the Famine examines the attempts of a wide range of nineteenth-century writing to ensure the memorialization of an event which seems to resist representation.

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In the late 1840s, more than one million Irish men and women died of starvation and disease, and a further two million emigrated in one of the worst European sustenance crises of modern times. Yet a general feeling persists that the Irish Famine eluded satisfactory representation. Writing theFamine examines literary texts by writers s...

Amongst his publications are: `On Minor Literature' in The Internationalism of Irish Literature and Drama, ed Robert Welch (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1992); The Hungry Voice: The Poetry of the Irish Famine, ed Morash (Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 1989). He has contributions forthcoming in: Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, ed...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198182791

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`a narrative of one of the most important and elusive events in Irish history'Nineteenth-Century Literature 51:1 (June 1996)