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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.
Marguérite Corporaal is Assistant Professor of British Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is the principal investigator for the ERC-funded project Relocated Remembrance: The Great Famine in Irish (Diaspora) Fiction, 1847-1921. With Christopher Cusack and Lindsay Janssen, she co-edited Recollecting Hunger: An Anthology. Cultural Memories of the Great Famine in Irish and British Fiction, 1847-1920 (2012).
Christopher Cusack is a PhD candidate and instructor at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he is writing a thesis on literary memories of the Great Famine in Irish and Irish diaspora fiction from 1892 to 1921.
Lindsay Janssen is a PhD candidate and instructor at Radboud University Nijmegen, where she is writing a thesis on cultural memories of the Great Famine in Irish and Irish diaspora fiction from 1871 to 1891.
Ruud van den Beuken is a PhD candidate and instructor at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he is writing a thesis on memory, modernity and (inter)nationalist identities at the Dublin Gate Theatre from 1928 to 1957.