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Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine

Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Edited By Marguerite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack, Lindsay Janssen and Ruud van den Beuken

The 150 th anniversary of Ireland’s Great Famine in the 1990s generated a significant increase in scholarship on the history of the crisis and its social and cultural aftermath. Two decades later, interest in the Irish Famine – both scholarly and popular – has soared once again. A key event in Irish cultural memory, the crisis still crops up regularly in public discourse within Ireland and among the Irish diaspora. This volume, containing essays by distinguished scholars such as Peter Gray, Margaret Kelleher and Chris Morash, offers new perspectives on the Famine and its contexts. Addressing the challenges and opportunities for Irish Famine studies today, the book presents a stimulating dialogue between a wide range of disciplinary approaches to the Famine and its legacies.
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Acknowledgements

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The basis for this volume was laid with our conference Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, held at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in March 2013, as part of the ERC-funded research project Relocated Remembrance: The Great Famine in Irish (Diaspora) Fiction, 1847–1921 (grant agreement no. 262898-FAMINE). Most of the chapters in this volume were first presented as papers at this conference.

We would like to acknowledge the generous financial support given by several partners, which was vital for the realization of the conference and this volume: the European Research Council, the Embassy of Ireland in the Netherlands, Radboud University’s Department of English, and the university’s Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies.

We would like to thank all contributors to this volume for their effort, insights and stimulating scholarship. We are also beholden to all our peer reviewers, whose efforts have helped further improve the quality of this volume. We would also like to thank Anna Siddle for compiling the index. Finally, we are grateful to Eamon Maher, series editor for the Reimagining Ireland series, and Christabel Scaife, our editor at Peter Lang, for their support of this publication and their guidance throughout its development.

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