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The Feminization of Famine: Expressions of the Inexpressible? (Hardback)

Margaret Kelleher

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ISBN 10: 1859180779 / ISBN 13: 9781859180778
Edité par Cork University Press, Ireland, 1996
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AGM9781859180778

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Titre : The Feminization of Famine: Expressions of ...

Éditeur : Cork University Press, Ireland

Date d'édition : 1996

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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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.

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