Women and the Great Hunger edited by Edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Ciarán Reilly is published today.
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.
Christine Kinealy is Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. Jason King is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National University of Ireland, Galway and Ciarán Reilly is a Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, Maynooth University
April 2017 | 9780990945420 | €25.00 £21.95 | paperback | 297 x 228mm | 236 pages
...this collection valuably and powerfully deepens both our historical knowledge and imaginative comprehension of what occurred - Margaret Kelleher, The Irish Times