The Great Irish Famine and Social Class
Conflicts, Responsibilities, Representations
Table Of Contents
- About the authors
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- List of Illustrations
- List of Tables
- Introduction (Marguérite Corporaal / Peter Gray)
- Part I Experiences and Representations of Poverty
- How the Other Three-Quarters Lived: The Cabin in Famine Literature (Melissa Fegan)
- ‘[W]orse than the Great Polish and Russian Proprietors’: Landlord-Tenant Relations in Ireland and Partitioned Poland in the Pre-Famine Period (Paweł Hamera)
- Part II The Famine and Class Relations
- ‘A Vast Waste of Pauperism’: An Examination of Irish Famine Eviction (Ciarán Reilly)
- Organizational Narrative and Memory in Social Context: Representations of the Great Irish Famine in Official Publications of Irish Joint-Stock Banks (Declan Curran)
- William Sharman Crawford, the Famine and County Down (Peter Gray)
- Transformative Nationalism and Class Relations in Irish Famine Fiction, 1896–1909 (Christopher Cusack)
- Part III Poor Laws and Relief
- ‘Paupers and Beggars Brats’: Governance and Mortality in the Parsonstown Workhouse during the Great Famine (Andrés Eiríksson)
- Workhouses as Heterotopic Spaces in Early Famine Fiction (Marguérite Corporaal)
- ‘Bad As It Is, We Were Better Off in England’: Locating the Famine Irish Experience in Britain through Deposition Testimony (Lewis Darwen / Brian Gurrin)
- Part IV The Famine, Class and Emigration
- ‘The Atrocious Avarice of the Irish Landlords’: Canadian Public Sentiment and the Irish Famine Migration of 1847 (Jason King)
- The Famine Irish, the Catholic Church, and the Cultural Dynamics of the American Middle Class (Peter D. O’Neill)
- Notes on Contributors
- Series index
Marguérite Corporaal and Peter Gray
The Great Irish Famine
and Social Class
Conflicts, Responsibilities, Representations
Oxford • Bern • Berlin • Bruxelles • New York • Wien
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Names: Corporaal, Marguerite, author. | Gray, Peter, 1965- author.
Title: The great Irish famine and social class : conflicts, responsibilities, representations / Marguerite Corporaal and Peter Gray.
Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang,  | Series: Reimagining Ireland ; 89 | Includes bibliographical references and index.
Identifiers: LCCN 2018020935 | ISBN 9781788741668 (alk. paper)
Subjects: LCSH: Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852. | Famines--Ireland--History--19th century. | Famines--Social aspects--Ireland--History--19th century. | Social classes--Ireland--History--19th century. | Irish--Migrations.
Classification: LCC DA950.7 .C68 2018 | DDC 941.5081--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018020935
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Cover image: An Irish Eviction (oil on panel), Goodall, Frederick (1822-1904).
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK.
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About the book
The sesquicentenary of the Great Irish Famine saw the emergence of seminal, often revisionist, scholarship addressing the impact of the catastrophe on Ireland’s economy (including its relations with Britain) and investigating topics such as the suffering of the rural classes, landlord and tenant relations, Poor Laws and relief operations. The Great Irish Famine and Social Class represents a significant new stage in Irish Famine scholarship, adopting a broader interdisciplinary approach that includes ground-breaking demographical, economic, cultural and literary research on poverty, poor relief and class relations during one of Europe’s most devastating food crises. The volume incorporates a comparative European framework, as well as exploring the issue of class in relation to the British and North American Famine diaspora.
This eBook can be cited
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Marguérite Corporaal & Peter Gray
Part I Experiences and Representations of Poverty
How the Other Three-Quarters Lived: The Cabin in Famine Literature
‘[W]orse than the Great Polish and Russian Proprietors’: Landlord-Tenant Relations in Ireland and Partitioned Poland in the Pre-Famine Period
Part II The Famine and Class Relations
‘A Vast Waste of Pauperism’: An Examination of Irish Famine Eviction←v | vi→
Organizational Narrative and Memory in Social Context: Representations of the Great Irish Famine in Official Publications of Irish Joint-Stock Banks
William Sharman Crawford, the Famine and County Down
Transformative Nationalism and Class Relations in Irish Famine Fiction, 1896–1909
‘Paupers and Beggars Brats’: Governance and Mortality in the Parsonstown Workhouse during the Great Famine
Workhouses as Heterotopic Spaces in Early Famine Fiction
‘Bad As It Is, We Were Better Off in England’: Locating the Famine Irish Experience in Britain through Deposition Testimony
Part IV The Famine, Class and Emigration
‘The Atrocious Avarice of the Irish Landlords’: Canadian Public Sentiment and the Irish Famine Migration of 1847←vi | vii→
The Famine Irish, the Catholic Church, and the Cultural Dynamics of the American Middle Class
Index←vii | viii→ ←viii | ix→
Figure 1.1. ‘Worst Sort of Mayo Stone Cabin’, in John Barrow, Tour Round Ireland, Through The Sea-Coast Counties, in the Autumn of 1835 (London: John Murray, 1836)
Figure 1.2. Henry MacManus, ‘The author’s birthplace’, in Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry (Dublin: William Curry Jr & Co., 1843)
Figure 1.3. William Harvey, ‘Mave Sullivan and Sarah M’Gowan at the Cottage of Condy Dalton’, in William Carleton, The Black Prophet (London: Simms & McIntyre, 1847)
Figure 7.1. Number of people receiving Famine relief in Parsonstown union, first week of each month, March-December 1847
Figure 7.2. Workhouse admissions, discharges & deaths each month, 1846–50
Figure 7.3. Overcrowding in the workhouse
Figure 7.4. Number of deaths and mortality rate in the workhouse 1846–9
Figure 10.1. Fever shed at Windmill Point along the near shore, to the right, as seen from Mount Royal in 1852 in lithograph by Endicott & Co. McGill University Rare Books and Special Collections
Figure 10.2. ‘Drawing of Sister Bourbonniere and other sisters visiting the Irish ill with typhus in Kingston, Ontario’. RHSJ St Joseph Region Archives, Kingston, ON, K-175←ix | x→ ←x | xi→
Table 4.1. Indicative statements illustrating Irish joint-stock banks’ references to famine conditions, 1846–50
Table 4.2. Indicative statement regarding Irish famine-era joint-stock banks’ objectives (as per annual reports, 1846–50)
Table 4.3. Summary of Annual Reports of Irish joint-stock banks published in Bankers’ Magazine, 1844–50
Table 7.1. Causes of death in the workhouse during the Famine←xi | xii→ ←xii | xiii→
The present volume follows from collaboration between scholars within the International Network of Irish Famine Studies, which was funded by the Dutch research council NWO between 2014 and 2017 (236–69-007), and which we co-directed with colleagues from Maynooth University, Ireland, and University of Helsinki, Finland.
First versions of some of the articles included in this volume were presented at the conference The Great Irish Famine and Social Class, hosted by Queen’s University Belfast in April 2017. We are grateful for the generous financial support from NWO and Queen’s University Belfast, which made this event possible.
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