Public Humanities EcoGothic at the Coast in Ireland and Wales

Claire Connolly, Rita Singer, James L. Smith

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Abstract

The Gothic clings to Irish and Welsh coasts and finds voice through strange stories. Centuries of accumulated death and tragedy forms a dense web of sorrow with particularly prolific roots in the literature, songs, and stories of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These traditions resonate within the longer history of lives and vessels lost in the Irish Sea, becoming part of what Gillian O’Brien has described as the ‘ring of sorrow’ encircling Ireland, and the wider archipelago, ‘binding together communities who have suffered maritime tragedies like beads on a rosary’. This paper explores the Gothic resonances that cross the Irish Sea and some of the conundrums of expressing this material through digital and stakeholder-based public history activities. These manifestations are a form of blue knowledge, sense-making in the face of danger mediated by a sense of ecological anxiety mixed with human feats of bravery. The case studies of this essay originate from the collection of the Ports, Past and Present project, an initiative funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)19-45
JournalGothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Wales
  • Ireland
  • EcoGothic
  • Gothic writing
  • Public Humanities
  • Coastal literature
  • IRISH SEA

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  • ‘The Cry of the Hungry’: A Soup Kitchen for Victorian Holyhead

    Singer, R., 01 Feb 2023

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    Singer, R., 22 Apr 2022, 1 p.

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  • Port Stories: Heritage

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