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
Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and Monument is an engaging look at the memory and memorialization of the Famine.
In this superb book about a complex subject, Emily Mark-Fitzgerald cogently charts the complicated history of how the Famine has been visually represented, especially since the 150th commemorations. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald commands a challenging literature with great facility. It is a landmark study, which will stand the test of time.
Irish Arts Review
Fresh and perceptive ... a compelling and incisive study of famine monuments which offers valuable and timely insights into the practices and processes of memorialization.
A timely and engaging look at the memory and public memorialisation of the Famine. As we progress through the decade of commemorations, many of the issues discussed in relation to the Famine will take on a fresh significance, and the issues and questions that Mark-Fitzgerald raises will provide some solid insights and lessons.
The Irish Times
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: February 5, 2015
Series: Reappraisals in Irish History 3