Star of the Sea: A Postcolonial/Postmodern Voyage into the Irish FamineMain MenuAbout This ProjectStar of the Sea OverviewJoseph O'ConnorIn this section, you will learn more about Joseph O'Connor and the other works he producedPostcolonial TheoryPostmodernismThe Gothic in Star of the SeaHistorical FiguresLanguage and Music in Irish CultureBiology of the FamineLandlords, Tenants, and EvictionsIn the following pages, you'll learn about landlords, tenants, and evictions during the Irish Potato FamineGovernment Policies and EmigrationMediaMemorialsContributorsBrief biographies of the people who made this book.
Illustrated London News
12016-03-02T13:14:19-08:00Ellen Rethwisch97fe176ecb8c9b047790608dc11cac0a49c3e4f282202By Illustrated London News (http://www.iln.org.uk) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commonsplain2016-03-02T13:16:34-08:00Ellen Rethwisch97fe176ecb8c9b047790608dc11cac0a49c3e4f2
This page is referenced by:
12016-03-04T13:09:52-08:00Media Introduction15plain2016-04-09T10:21:52-07:00Media both from within and outside of Ireland sheds light on to the perception of issues and occurrences of the past. While it is undeniable that excerpts of media from a certain region is of a distinct flavor that might bare some of the flaws of its people, all media strives to be in some degree altruistic in its attempt at sincere recounting of events and ideas to deliver to the masses. This is true for British and Irish media of different platforms, and in order to recognize the positive influence media can bring about, we must first overcome the self-perpetuating negativity that is inherently a part of some facets of the media. The main barrier working against cohesion in British and Irish media is the abstract idea of “otherness” and how these ideas manifested into prejudiced perspectives. While the examples provided display racial bigotry expressed by some British media, they also provide support for the accurate portrayal of Irish history in Irish media and sympathetic awareness operating within British media. The past must be brought into dialogue with the future so that we may learn from the errors in the media representation of Ireland and England during the Famine to overcome future issues.
Work Cited De Nie, Michael. "Britannia's Sick Sister Irish Identity and the British Press."Writing Irishness in Nineteenth-Century British Culture. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004. 173-93. Print.
Researcher/Writer: Ben Deetz Technical Designers: Abbey Benson and Ellen Rethwisch
12016-02-17T12:52:51-08:00Illustrated London News6plain2016-03-02T13:37:52-08:00Illustrated London News The Illustrated London News was a British paper that Michael De Nie described as “simultaneously expressing and shaping the views of their largely middle-class readership” (27). In accordance with this aforementioned trend of both reflection and creation of discourse within the British society, the paper “portrayed the Irish as suffering brothers and sisters, deserving of British aid” (de Nie 28). This resonates with the altruistic purpose media can achieve when overcoming inherent possibility of negativity. By the 1840s, a pervasive and self-fulfilling racial prejudice had been created against the Irish in Britain as a result of distinctions between race, religion, class, and economic prosperity (de Nie 28). However, the Illustrated London News operated from above these pitfalls of certain aspects of British society. On December 5th 1846, on the topic of poverty in Ireland they wrote ‘the cause of poverty lies far deeper; if it is an offence against society, it is mostly an unwilling and involuntary one’ (de Nie 30). From this quote is apparent there existed a basic agreement between this press and its readership about society’s duty to aid those less fortunate, which was in turn paralleled by the strong condemnation of those who were perceived of as feeding off the rest of society. In the case of the Illustrated London News articles, the middle class readership backing the press supported the idea of Ireland falling into the first category given of poverty, one that is for reasons beyond self-help and should be met with aid rather than scorn.