Major new series on the Great Irish Famine

The Famine Folios series is a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers, covering many aspects of the Famine in Ireland from 1845–1852. The Great Famine is possibly the most pivotal event/experience in modern Irish history. Its global reach and implications cannot be underestimated. In terms of mortality, it is now widely accepted that over a million people perished between the years 1845-1852 and at least one million and a quarter fled the country, the great majority to North America, some to Australia and a significant minority (0.3 million) to British cities. The essays are interdisciplinary in nature, and make available new research in Famine studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, philosophy, media history, political economy, literature and music. The Famine Folios is a collaboration between Cork University Press and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artefacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine. The museum preserves, builds and presents its art collection in order to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland’s Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic. The first four titles of a planned 30 are: Limits of the Visible: Representing the Great Hunger by Luke Gibbons is Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at Maynooth University.

Apparitions of Death and Disease: The Great Hunger in Ireland by Christine Kinealy writes on modern Ireland, with a focus on the Great Hunger and is the founding Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Monuments, Memorials and Visualizations of the Great Famine in Ireland by Catherine Marshall is a former Senior Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The Tombs of a Departed Race: Illustrations of Ireland’s Great Hunger by Niamh O’Sullivan is Professor Emerita of Visual Culture, and Curator, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum.