Ireland's Magdalen Laundries: And the Nation's Architecture of Containment

Ireland's Magdalen Laundries: And the Nation's Architecture of Containment

By: James M. Smith (author)Paperback

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Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment connects Ireland's Magdalen laundries and the nation-state's nativist politics in the post-independence era, while critically evaluating cultural representations of the Magdalen laundries that have, over the past fifteen years, recovered these institutions from the amnesia at the center of state politics. The book interrogates available archival resources, including government reports, legislative debates, and court cases, to assert that the state was always an active agent in the operation and function of the nation's Magdalen homes. The second half of the book considers a wide range of creative works that help imagine and give narrative form to the Magdalen experience: commercial, independent documentaries, photography and literary representations. Ultimately, the book contends that Ireland's Magdalen institutions chiefly exist in the public mind at the level of story (cultural representation and survivor testimony) rather than history (archival history and documentation). This fascinating study will be invaluable to those interested in Irish History, Gender History and Social History.

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James M. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Irish Studies Program, Boston College


Acknowledgments Preface Introduction: The politics of sexual knowledge: The origins of Ireland's containment culture and the Carrigan Report (1931) Part 1: The Magdalen Asylum and history: Mining the archive Chapter 1 - The Magdalen in nineteenth-century Ireland Chapter 2 - The Magdalen Asylum and the State in twentieth-century Ireland Part 2 :The Magdalen Laundry in cultural representation: Memory and storytelling in contemporary Ireland Chapter 3 - Remembering Ireland's architecture of containment: "Telling" stories on stage, Patricia Burke Brogan's Eclipsed and Stained Glass at Samhain Chapter 4 - (Ef)facing Ireland's Magdalen survivors: Visual representations and documentary testimony Chapter 5 - The Magdalene Sisters: Film, fact, and fiction Chapter 6 - Monuments, Magdalens, memorials: Art installations and cultural memory Conclusion: History, cultural representation, ... action? Appendix Notes Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 01/02/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780719078880
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780719078880
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 0719078881

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