The Irish Famine as Represented in Nineteenth-Century Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Brown, Malcolm. "Black '47." In The Politics of Irish Literature: From Thomas Davis to W. B. Yeats, pp. 85-102. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1972.

Discusses the political events in Ireland, especially the activities of the Irish nationalist movement, during the worst year of the Famine, 1847.

Kissane, Noel. The Irish Famine: A Documentary History. Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 1995, 184 p.

Chronicles the history of the Famine through the extracts, accounts, and reports of the "traveller, parliamentarian, civil servant, botanist, professional reporter, or bystander."

McHugh, Roger J. "The Famine in Irish Oral Tradition." In The Great Famine: Studies in Irish History, 1845-52. Eds. R. Dudley Edwards and T. Desmond Williams, pp. 391-436. New York: Russell and Russell, 1956.

With the aid of the Irish Folklore Commission, surveys the Irish oral treatment of the Famine, covering such topics as the blight itself, the food available during the Famine, the public relief efforts, disease, death, and the effects of the Famine on the Irish countryside.

Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger: Ireland, 1845-1849. New York: Harper and Row, 1962, 510 p.

This much-cited reference offers a comprehensive treatment of the history of the Famine, and includes analyses of the human, political, and economic conditions of Ireland prior to and during the Famine, as well as discussion of the impact of British policies on Ireland during these years.