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The Great Irish Famine and Social Class

Conflicts, Responsibilities, Representations

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Edited By Marguerite Corporaal and Peter Gray

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.

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Reimagining Ireland

Series Editor: Dr Eamon Maher, Institute of Technology, Tallaght

The concepts of Ireland and ‘Irishness’ are in constant flux in the wake of an ever-­increasing reappraisal of the notion of cultural and national specificity in a world assailed from all angles by the forces of globalisation and uniformity. Reimagining Ireland interrogates Ireland’s past and present and suggests possibilities for the future by looking at Ireland’s literature, culture and history and subjecting them to the most up-­to-­date critical appraisals associated with socio- logy, literary theory, historiography, political science and theology.

Some of the pertinent issues include, but are not confined to, Irish writing in English and Irish, Nationalism, Unionism, the Northern ‘Troubles’, the Peace Process, economic development in Ireland, the impact and decline of the Celtic Tiger, Irish spiritua- lity, the rise and fall of organised religion, the visual arts, popular cultures, sport, Irish music and dance, emigration and the Irish dias- pora, immigration and multiculturalism, marginalisation, globali- sation, modernity/postmodernity and postcolonialism. The series publishes monographs, comparative studies, interdisciplinary pro- jects, conference proceedings and edited books.

Proposals should be sent either to Dr Eamon Maher at eamon. maher@ittdublin.ie or to ireland@peterlang.com.

Vol. 1 Eugene O’Brien: ‘Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse’: NegotiatingTexts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies

ISBN 978–3-03911-539-6. 219 pages. 2009.

Vol. 2 James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan and Michael O’Sullivan (eds): Affecting Irishness: Negotiating Cultural Identity...

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