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Title Women and the Great Hunger / Christine Kinealy, Jason King, Ciarán Reilly, editors.
Imprint Hamden, CT : Quinnipiac University Press, [2016]

Subject Women -- Ireland -- History.
Women -- History -- 19th century.
Ireland -- History -- Famine, 1845-1852.
Alt Name Kinealy, Christine,
King, Jason (Jason Francis), 1970-
Reilly, Ciarán,
Description 236 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
regular print
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Even considering recent advances in the development of women's studies as a discipline, women remain underrepresented in the history and historiography of the Great Hunger. The various roles played by women, including as landowners, relief-givers, philanthropists, proselytizers and providers for the family, have received little attention. This publication examines the diverse and still largely unexplored role of women during the Great Hunger, shedding light on how women experienced and shaped the tragedy that unfolded in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. In addition to more traditional sources, the contributors also draw on folklore and popular culture. Women and the Great Hunger brings together the work of some of the leading researchers in Irish studies, with new scholarship, methodologies and perspectives. This book takes a major step toward advancing our understanding of the Great Hunger."--Back cover.
Contents 1. "Never call me a novelist": Cecil Woodham-Smith and the Great Hunger / Christine Kinealy -- 2. Asenath Nicholson and school children in Ireland / Maureen Murphy -- Agency and Action -- 3. "Nearly starved to death": The female petition during the Great Hunger / Ciaran Reilly -- 4. "A picture of famine and wretchedness." The women of County Leitrim during the Great Hunger / Gerard MacAtasney -- 5. Meddlers amongst us: women, priests, and authority in Famine-era Ireland / Cara Delay -- 6. "Nearly naked": clothing and the Great Hunger in Ireland / Daphne Wolf -- Hidden Histories -- 7. The Famine Irish, the Grey Nuns, and the fever sheds of Montreal: prostitution and female religious institution building / Jason King -- 8. "Permanent deadweight": female pauper emigration from Mountbellew Workhouse to Canada / Gerard Moran -- 9. The lore of women: Irish expressive culture in New England after the Great Hunger / Eileen Moore Quinn -- Publicizing Pain -- 10. Keeping hope alive: Jane Elgee and Irish literature / Matthew Skwiat -- 11. "The skeleton at the feast": Lady Wilde's famine poetry and Irish internationalist critiques of food scarcity / Amy Martin -- 12. "Revolting scenes of famine": Frances Power Cobbe and the Great Hunger / Maureen O'Connor -- New Directions -- 13. "An invisible but inescapable trauma": epigenetics and the Great Famine / Oonagh Walsh -- 14. How the nuns of New York tamed the gangs of New York / Turlough McConnell -- 15. Lady Sligo and her letters: the mounting of an inaugural exhibition / Robert A. Young, Jr. -- 16. The Earl Grey orphan scheme, 1848 -- 1850, and the Irish diaspora in Australia / Rebecca Abbott.
ISBN 9780990945420 (pbk.)
OCLC # 967206145

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