Landscape as witness: Aftermath Photography, oral history, and ethnography in representing the Public Works Scheme of the Great Irish Famine
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The story of the Great Irish Famine/ An Gorta Mor (1845-52) has been passed down over the years through the media of literature and art. This research critically evaluates these media, with particular reference to the famine constructions that were built as part of the Public Works Scheme. The historic role of photography (including Aftermath Photography) is also explored. Additionally, the use of oral history and ethnography as research tools are investigated. An analysis of how historical events, including the Famine, are typically represented through literature and art will be an essential starting point before contrasting how the Public Works Scheme constructions have been treated. The genre of Aftermath Photography, its effectiveness in representing traumatic past events, as well as its potential within the context of the Public Works Scheme constructions, will be explored. The unique contribution of oral history and ethnography as historical sources, particularly with regard to these constructions, will also be discussed. In conclusion, this thesis will demonstrate how a combination of Aftermath Photography, oral history, and ethnography can be used to effectively represent the constructions built as part of the Public Works Scheme during the Famine years. Consequently, a new and fresh perspective will be gained with regard to this previously overlooked part of Irish history, which has impacted on Ireland and its diaspora throughout the world.
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