The Great Irish Famine: Memory and Nationalism in Ireland and the Diaspora
Marie E. Poinsatte
The Great Irish Famine of 1845 – 1852 is among the most infamous moments in Irish history. In addition to changes to the physical landscape, the political, social, and cultural makeup of the Emerald Isle was forever altered. Such an event could not fail to leave an indelible mark upon the history and memory of Irish people. Throughout the twentieth century, first from the North American Diaspora and then within Ireland itself, when it became necessary to assert Irish identity, for revolution or peace, nationalist forces leaned of the Great Famine as a shared cultural moment. In newspapers, folklore, memorials, and children’s stories a narrative of Irish resistance against foreign oppression and perseverance in most desperate times is reinforced by Irish and Irish descended historians, journalists, curators, and state authorities.
Ashleigh S. Lawrence-Sanders
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"The Great Irish Famine: Memory and Nationalism in Ireland and the Diaspora" (2021). Stander Symposium Projects. 2192.