Political Economy? The Economics and Sociology of Famine
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
InCampbell, M.; Connolly, C.; Howes, M. (ed.), Irish Literature in Transition. Vol 3: 1830-1880, pp. 78-91
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Campbell, M.; Connolly, C.; Howes, M. (ed.), Irish Literature in Transition. Vol 3: 1830-1880
SubjectEurope in a Changing World; Transnational Europe
The principles of political economy that informed the Russell government’s measures to terminate the Famine crisis were broadly addressed in journalism, political and economic pamphlets, but also in literature. As this chapter shows, fiction, in particular, engaged with three aspects of political economy: the government’s politics of non intervention, the Malthusian discourses that many supporters of political economy employed and the stereotype of Irish indolence by which the ideology of political economy was often imbued. As will be demonstrated, the fact that these works of literature responded to these societal discussions on the Irish Question is accompanied by generic shifts. In examining the Famine present or past, these literary texts explored the boundaries of genre, developing new fictional registers and forms.
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