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Author Kelleher, Margaret.

Title The feminization of famine : expressions of the inexpressible? / Margaret Kelleher.

Published Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  823.009352042 KELL    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  823.009352042 KELL    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 258 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-250) and index.
Contents 1. 'Appalling Spectacles': Nineteenth-Century Irish Famine Narratives. Contemporary Testimonies. William Carleton's The Black Prophet. Anthony Trollope's Castle Richmond -- 2. The Female Gaze: Nineteenth-Century Women's Famine Narratives. Women's Famine Fiction. Asenath Nicholson's Famine Annals. Women's Philanthropy -- 3. Impersonating the Past: Twentieth-Century Irish Famine Literature. Famine and the Revival. The Memories of an 'Outcast' Class. A Mother's 'Nature': O'Flaherty and Murphy -- 4. Literature of the Bengal Famine. The Historical Context. Literary Representations of Famine. Shakti, Sati, Savitri: the Fate of Female Figures. Famine as Female: the Fate of Kali -- Postscript: Contemporary Images of Famine and Disaster.
Summary Contemporary media depictions of famine disaster display a striking prevalence female images. The Feminization of Famine is a unique study of the tradition of female representations in famine literature, from nineteenth-century accounts of the Irish famine to the present day. It examines the many novels and short stories written about the Irish famine over the last 150 years, from the novels of William Carleton, Anthony Trollope and Maria Edgeworth through to the writings of Liam O'Flaherty and John Banville. These literary works are read in the context of a rich variety of other sources, including contemporary eyewitness accounts of the 'Great Irish Famine', women's memoirs and journalistic writings, and famine historiography.
The recurring motifs used to depict famine are highlighted - the prevalence of images of mother and child, the scrutiny of women's starved bodies, efforts to express the 'inexpressible'. The author investigates the effect of famine representations and their crucial role in shaping viewers' and readers' interpretations of the famine.
The Feminization of Famine provides a significant critique of how famine has been represented and suggests important parallels with the current presentation of emergency and disaster.
Subject English fiction -- Irish authors -- History and criticism.
Women -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century -- Historiography.
Famines -- India -- Bengal -- History -- 20th century.
Women -- India -- Bengal -- History -- 20th century.
Famines -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century.
Women and literature -- Ireland -- History.
Famines in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Women in literature.
Ireland -- History -- Famine, 1845-1852.
ISBN 0822320320 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0822320452 (paperback: alk. paper)