Ireland's Great Hunger: Silence, Memory, and Commemoration

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This volume of essays is based upon papers that were delivered at Quinnipiac University's Great Hunger Conference in September 2000. It considers the Great Hunger both as a historical moment that had a devastating and enduring impact on Ireland, and as a social, political, and demographic process that shaped the culture and people of both Ireland and North America. The chapters are grouped thematically into three parts. The first, Silence, takes as its point of departure the ways in which the Great Hunger created...

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Overview

This volume of essays is based upon papers that were delivered at Quinnipiac University's Great Hunger Conference in September 2000. It considers the Great Hunger both as a historical moment that had a devastating and enduring impact on Ireland, and as a social, political, and demographic process that shaped the culture and people of both Ireland and North America. The chapters are grouped thematically into three parts. The first, Silence, takes as its point of departure the ways in which the Great Hunger created silences, both at the time of the Famine and in the subsequent historical memory of the Irish people. The second section, Memory, addresses the legacy of the Famine in the lives and work of the generation that lived through it and those who came after, both in Ireland and among the Irish Diaspora. The final section, Commemoration, considers how the Famine has become a focal point during the past decade in popular memory, particularly through varied efforts to memorialize the Famine and to integrate it into educational curricula. The book also includes an introduction by Christine Kinealy that discusses recent historical scholarship on the Famine, and a preface by David A. Valone that describes the ongoing educational and scholarly activities related to the Great Hunger at Quinnipiac University.

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CHOICE
...this collection provides an engaging appraisal of the full legacy of the famine.
History
There is a great deal of diversity of viewpoints and perspectives in the essays...'Ireland's Great Hunger' should be of interest to both academic and general readers.
— Curtis W. Wood, Jr., Western Carolina University
Emily Dickinson International Society
Gracefully written and informative...
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...this collection provides an engaging appraisal of the full legacy of the famine.
History - Curtis W. Wood
There is a great deal of diversity of viewpoints and perspectives in the essays...'Ireland's Great Hunger' should be of interest to both academic and general readers.
History
There is a great deal of diversity of viewpoints and perspectives in the essays...'Ireland's Great Hunger' should be of interest to both academic and general readers.
— Curtis W. Wood, Jr.
Booknews
Valone (director of freshman academic programs, Quinnipiac U.) and Kinealy (history, U. of Central Lancaster) present 17 chapters, penned by contributors from a wide range of disciplines including social sciences, the arts, and psychology, that examine issues of historical, personal, and family memory as they relate to the Great Hunger (or the Irish Famine). The first essays explore how the Hunger was silenced in contemporary political dialogue and Irish historical memory and how it caused silences, while later essays examine how it has been remembered and how it has been commemorated in public memory and educational establishments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761823452
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 7/23/2002
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Valone has served as an Assistant Professor of history and is Director of freshman academic programs at Quinnipiac University. He has authored works on the educational, linguistic and medical history of Britain, Ireland, and the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Christine Kinealy is a reader in history at the University of Central Lancaster. She is the author and co-author of several books on the Great Hunger, including This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-1852 and A Death-Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Table and Figures Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Silence: Chapter 6 Famine Lifelines: The Transatlantic Letters of James Prendergast Chapter 7 The "Unborn and Unburied Dead:" The Rhetoric of Ireland's An Gort Mor Chapter 8 Irish Immigrants and African Americans: Tangled Roots Chapter 9 An Agenda for Researching the Famine Experience of Kilglass Parish, County Roscommon Chapter 10 W.B. Yeats's Politics of Proximity: or the Famine's Absence in Yeats's Poetry Chapter 11 Silent Hunger: The Psychological Impact of the Great Hunger Chapter 12 Memory: Chapter 13 Seamus Heaney's "At a Potato Digging" Revisited Chapter 14 Easing Integration: The Impact of the Great Famine on the American South Chapter 15 Performing the Famine: A Look at Contemporary Irish Dramatists Chapter 16 The Great Hunger: Act of God or Acts of Man? Chapter 17 "I will sone be home:" Maggie Maher, Emily Dickinson, and an Irish Trunk Full of Poems Chapter 18 Commemoration: Chapter 19 Famine Commemorations: Visual Dialogues, Visual Silences Chapter 20 Le Mémorial: An Irish Memorial at Grosse Île in Québec Chapter 21 (De)Constructing the Irish Famine Memorial in Contemporary Québec Chapter 22 Reflections on the Grosse Île Memorial in Contemporary Québec: A Response Chapter 23 The MacGilligan Family and the Great Hunger: Collaborative Strategies in an Irish History Course Chapter 24 Designing the New York State Great Irish Famine Curriculum Guide Chapter 25 List of Contributors

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