Commemorating the Irish Famine
Memory and the Monument
Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald is a Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin.
Acknowledgements List of illustrations Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Visualizing the Famine: Nineteenth-Century Image, Reception and Legacy The Famine in fine art Newspaper illustration and the figure of Famine Legacy Chapter 3: Commemorating the Famine: 1940s-1990s Commemoration and historiography The 1990s sesquicentenary Trauma, genocide and Famine memory Chapter 4: Constructing Famine Spaces in Ireland Site: the workhouse and graveyard Presence: embodying Famine Performance: commemorative ritual and process Chapter 5: Community Famine Commemoration in Northern Ireland and the Diaspora Commemoration in contested spaces: Northern Ireland and Britain The high cross and Celtic Canada Imaging genealogy in the United States Chapter 6: Major Famine Memorials Dublin and Boston Murrisk, Co Mayo and Philadelphia Sydney New York City Chapter 7: Conclusion Appendix: Famine Monuments – a Global Survey Bibliography Index
Mark-Fitzgerald’s excellent book will have an important position as questions arise around the relationship between the high-profile memory practices relating to the Irish Famine, so centred on creating a usable narrative of the past and of Irish identity, and the more recent traumatic memories which were being actively suppressed and silenced during the same period. Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument is sure to enrich several disciplines, from social and visual histories to the study of Irish culture, both in Ireland and throughout the diaspora.
Niamh NicGhabhann Irish Studies Review
Publication: November 27, 2013
Series: Reappraisals in Irish History 3