Relocated Memories: The Great Famine in Irish and Diaspora Fiction, 1846-1870

Relocated Memories: The Great Famine in Irish and Diaspora Fiction, 1846-1870

by Marguérite Corporaal

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Overview

The Great Famine radically transformed Ireland; nearly one million people of the rural countryside died, and the eviction of farmers led to massive emigration. The Famine encouraged anti-English, nationalist sentiments, and this trauma is seen as pivotal in the development of an Irish anticolonial consciousness and in the identity formation of transatlantic Irish communities. In Relocated Memories, Corporaal challenges the persistent assumption that the first decades after the Great Irish Famine were marked by a pervasive silence on the catastrophe. Discussing works by well-known authors such as William Carleton and Anthony Trollope as well as more obscure texts by, among others, Dillon O'Brien and Susanna Meredith, Corporaal charts the reconfigurations of memory in fiction across generations and national borders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815635130
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Series: Irish Studies
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Marguérite Corporaal is associate professor of English at Radboud University in the Netherlands. She is the coeditor of Traveling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century.

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