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Haunted historiographiesThe rhetoric of ideology in postcolonial Irish fiction$
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Matthew Schultz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090929

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090929.001.0001

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The persistence of Famine in postcolonial Ireland

The persistence of Famine in postcolonial Ireland

(p.23) 1 The persistence of Famine in postcolonial Ireland
Haunted historiographies

Matthew Schultz

Manchester University Press

Demonstrates the ways in which two thematically and structurally similar novels, Nuala O’Faolain’s My Dream of You (2001) and Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea (2002), complicate popular uses of the Famine narrative in arguments on both sides of the debate over Irish independence. By calling forth ghosts from the Nineteenth Century to expose both intentional and unintentional misrepresentations of the Famine (imagery, ideological meaning, and political mandate), O’Faolain and O’Connor redefine modern Ireland in terms of hunger and dispossession, revealing a more complex national narrative and a more cosmopolitan national identity.

Keywords:   Great Irish Famine, Nationalism, Revisionism, Historical Fiction, Emigration

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