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Consuming Fictions: Trauma and Ideology in Irish Famine Literature

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Author: O'Mealia, Sean
Advisor: Dawson, Melanie, 1967-
Committee Members: Morse, Deborah Denenholz, 1949-; Burns, Christy L.; Raitt, Suzanne; Corney, Frederick C.
Issued Date: 2009-05-16
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1256
Description: Literature of the Great Irish Famine struggles to contain the disaster within narrative. William Carleton and Anthony Trollope, two first-hand witnesses of the Famine, write novels haunted by trauma. Though they attempt to explain the disaster by incorporating it into an ideologically-motivated story, their narratives crumble whenever they focus on human scenes of suffering.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in English


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