IMAGE: ‘Emigrants Leave Ireland’, engraving by Henry Doyle (1827–1892), from Mary Frances Cusack’s Illustrated History of Ireland, 1868.
For my final paper, I intend to respond to the first prompt. I will research Irish emigration, particularly concerning Irish women, from the late 19th century to early 20th century to inform my reading of James Joyce’s short story, “Eveline.” My current sources discuss female emigration within a literary context and Irish emigration within a political context. I intend to explore both aspects—in one of my travel diaries, I compared Eveline to Eurydice from Greek myth, and would like to explore that further through close-reading in my paper. However, Dubliners is a collection that feels rooted in realism and true-to-life struggles as well as how that ties to Ireland and Irish identity, given how the collection is deeply rooted in its urban setting. Ideally, I hope to be able to explore both of these aspects in conversation with one another and with Joyce’s “Eveline” to gain a more holistic understanding of the text.