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Star of the Sea : A Postcolonial/Postmodern Voyage into the Irish Famine

An Analysis of the Gothic in Star of the Sea

Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea is pervaded by a sense of isolation, decay, and desolation. The gloomy atmosphere in the novel never ebbs, as its presence is a constant reminder of the adversity that each character faces and the famine that is devastating Ireland. Portrayed through the settings in the novel and the individual characters, these Gothic elements work together to aid in the novel’s function as a postmodern piece of literature which demonstrates the Irish Famine experience.

Researcher/Writer: Sarah Swansen
Technical Designers: Carissa Rodenbiker & Krystal Jamison