Fearful Realities: New Perspectives on the Famine


Chris Morash, Richard Hayes (Eds)

“The great strength of this collection is its interdisciplinary scope… The editors and publishers are to be complimented on an impressive volume that comprises a stimulating addition to Irish Famine studies.”
Irish Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780716525660 Categories: ,


These essays originated at a conference organised by the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Includes bibliographies and index.

Table of Contents

  • ‘Fearful Realities’: An Introduction /​ Chris Morash and Richard Hayes
  • The Geography and Implications of Post-Famine Population Decline in Baltyboys, County Wicklow /​ Matthew Stout
  • The Famine and it Aftermath in County Mayo /​ Donald Jordan
  • ‘The Late Disastrous Epidemic’: Medical Relief and the Great Famine /​ Laurence M. Geary
  • ‘Irish Property Must Pay for Irish Poverty’: British Public Opinion and the Great Irish Famine /​ James S. Donnelly, Jr.
  • Can there be an Archaeology of the Great Famine? /​ Charles E. Orser
  • A Stone on the Cairn: The Great Famine in Later Gaelic Manuscripts /​ Neil Buttimer
  • Literature, Memory, Atrocity /​ Chris Morash
  • The Female Gaze: Asenath Nicholson’s Famine Narrative /​ Margaret Kelleher
  • Historicising the Famine: John Mitchel and the Prophetic Voice of Swift /​ Robert Mahony
  • ‘A Nation Perishing of Political Economy’? /​ Thomas A. Boylan and Timothy P. Foley
  • Reading Lessons: Famine and the Nation, 1845-1849 /​ Sean Ryder.
  • The Famine Crisis: Theological Interpretations and Implications /​ Robert Dunlop.

About the Editor

Christopher Morash is Senior Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has published extensively on Irish theatre and Irish cultural studies. He is the author of Writing the Irish Famine (1995), and Consultant-Editor for the theatre section of the Encyclopaedia of Ireland.