Irish Hunger and Migration: Myth, Memory and Memorialization

Patrick Fitzgerald, Christine Kinealy and Gerard Moran, editors

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In the 20 years following the sesquicentenary commemoration of the Great Hunger, which commenced in 1995, scholars have examined this tragedy from a variety of new perspectives and disciplines, thus helping to redefine and reinterpret one of the greatest disasters in Irish history. Other related areas of research, notably migration studies, have also experienced a similar resurgence in interest.

This collection of essays brings together some of the outcomes of this scholarship, casting the Great Hunger in an international and interdisciplinary context. Moreover, these studies take into account hitherto underexamined aspects of famine and migration, setting them in both a broader geographical framework and timescale. They also address issues at the core of the process of memorialization, notably the roles of memory and myth.

These essays were part of the proceedings of the 20th meeting of the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, hosted, in June 2014, by Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and by the T.R.R. Cobb House Museum and the University of Georgia at Athens. The contributors to this volume are Marguérite Corporaal, Patrick Fitzgerald, David Gleeson, Christine Kinealy, Jason King, Brian Lambkin, Mark McGowan, Gerard Moran, Kay Muhr, Maureen Murphy, Andrew Newby, Nini Rodgers, Catherine Shannon and Damian Shiels