Questioning Women's Lives: Famine, Migration and Memory in Evelyn Conlon's Not the Same Sky

Gallego, Melania Terrazas
January 2017
Nordic Irish Studies;2017, Vol. 16, p55
Academic Journal
This article focuses on Irish writer Evelyn Conlon's most recent novel, Not the Same Sky (2013), which fictionalises the story of 4,414 Irish girls orphaned by famine who were shipped to Sydney, Australia between 1849 and 1850 to satisfy the demand for domestic servants in the colony. Since Australia also needed marriageable young women, many orphan girls ended up seeking security in marriage. This historical episode is under-explored in Irish literature and it is most unusual to find an Irish author writing about mid-nineteenthcentury emigration, not to the US or Britain, but to Australia. Here we examine how Conlon uses five different 'functions' of the rhetoric of inquiry to connect issues of famine, choice, migration, and feminist considerations, and to what effect she does so. In doing so, we attempt to show that Conlon honours the orphans' memory and recovers their lives by opening up an ethical and political inquiry and disturbing complacency.


Related Articles

  • Not the Same Sky: A Novel. Ali, Halimah Mohamed // Transnational Literature;May2014, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p1 

    No abstract available.

  • "... a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun..." A Brief Non-Academic Reflection on Riverdance, a Seemingly Never-Ending Success Story of Diasporic Cultural Cross-Fertilisation. McCarthy, Kay // Studi Irlandesi;2019, Issue 9, p303 

    A long chorus of native, diasporic and elective "Irish" danced along the embankment of the River Liffey in Dublin in July 2013 as a very modern bid to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest ever Riverdance line; a form of contemporary "religiosity" celebrating a blend of fame...

  • Two Diasporic Moments in Irish Emigration History: The Famine Generation and the Contemporary Era. Kenny, Kevin // Studi Irlandesi;2019, Issue 9, p43 

    In some usages "diaspora" refers to a social process (relocation or migration) and in others to a social entity (a migrant group or ethnic group). Both approaches require scholars to define diaspora, but the criteria often seem arbitrary. Rather than posing a timeless question ("What is a...

  • Star of the Sea: Resistance and Adapted Homelands. Levy, Heather // Studi Irlandesi;2019, Issue 9, p137 

    Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea (2002) offers a nuanced depiction of the lifelong patterns of resistance of the Irish governess and Famine survivor, Mary Duane. Following Gayatri Spivak's notions of the Other and of "wordling" -- the practice of the more powerful who seize their impressions of...

  • Irish Diaspora, Cultural Activism and Print Media in Transatlantic Contexts between Ireland and North America c. 1857-1887. Lyons, Fiona // Studi Irlandesi;2019, Issue 9, p229 

    This paper examines ideas, concepts, and theories, in relation to the revival of the Irish language as a transatlantic venture c.1857-1887 focusing on print media and cultural organisations in the United States. The study of these forums in the context of the Irish language revival allows us to...

  • The Great Irish Famine. Carger, Chris Liska // Book Links;Sep2004, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p36 

    Presents suggestions for teachers on how they can use the books "Nory Ryan's Song," by Patricia Reilly Giff and "Black Potatoes," by Susan Campbell Bartoletti to teach upper elementary and middle school students about the Irish famine during the 19th century. Question of whether the famine was a...

  • Interview with Evelyn Conlon.  // Hecate;2000, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p62 

    Interviews fiction writer Evelyn Conlon. Importance of an event, such as the Melbourne Writers' Festival, to a writer; Reason for the writer's lack of confidence; Opinion on why short fiction suits women.

  • References. Pohl, Jana // Studia Imagologica;2011, Vol. 19, p247 

    A bibliography on the subject of Jews' migration is presented, which includes the books "One-Way to Ansonia," by Judie Angell, "From Plotzk to Boston," by Mary Antin, and "Intertextuality," by Graham Allen.

  • The Soviet World in Gaito Gazdanov's Perception and Evaluation. Matveeva, Yu. V. // Izvestia. Ural Federal University Journal. Series 2. Humanities ;2013, Issue 4, p332 

    With reference to Gaito Gazdanov's literary heritage (works of fiction and political essays, critical works and letters), the author considers the problem of the writer's complicated attitude towards Soviet Russia, its ideology, policy and culture. In the article, the author singles out three...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics