The Great Famine in Irish and Diaspora Fiction, 1846-1870
An exploration of the Famine in Irish fiction across time and in diaspora.
"After reading Relocated Memories, it is no longer possible to think about the Irish Famine purely in an Irish context. With this book, Marguérite Corporaal has expanded the map of the field."—Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin
"This is one of the most important contributions to Famine studies in recent
years"—Melissa Fegan, author of Literature and the Irish Famine, 1845–1919
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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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.
The Famine also left its undeniable imprint on Ireland’s cultural legacies,
both at home and in the diaspora. 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. She uncovers
a vast corpus of fiction that consciously addresses the harrowing memories of
recent starvation. These novels, novellas, and stories were often published in
Ireland, but a large body of this fiction was also written by Irish American and
Irish Canadian immigrants and their descendants
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,
Susanna Meredith, Anna Dorsey, and Henry J. Monahan, Corporaal charts the reconfigurations
of memory in fiction across generations and national borders. In
doing so, she succeeds in bringing significant literary expressions of the tragedy
back to the attention of scholars and provides a wider vista of literary Famine
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6 x 9, 320 pages, 8 black/white illustrations, notes, bibliography, index