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First Name
Maddison
Last Name
Rhoa
Affiliation
Independent
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Keywords
Irish Rebellions, Irish Literary History, Catholicism, Identity, Agrarian/Rural Life, 19th & 20th Century Ireland, Republic of Ireland, History of Connacht, Gaelic Revival
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About Me

I am an independent researcher of Modern Ireland.  I hold an Honors BA in English and a BA in History from The Pennsylvania State University and an MA in History from The College of William & Mary.  I also completed an International Studies program at The National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2015, where I completed research in Irish Studies.

Currently, I work as an editorial assistant for The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture as well as a tutor of History and English at The Grier School.  I work independently to research and write novels that exist within a cultural and/or historical framework.

Recent Publications

My thesis consists of two papers, in which I explore concepts of
discourse, meaning, and rhetoric in different historical arenas and time periods with a particular focus on meaning production in times of crisis.

The first, “‘These Graves and Ruinous Houses’: The Role of Domestic Items and Spaces in Revolutionary Ireland,” explores the ways in which domestic items and spaces were perceived and subsequently used as tools of rebellion in a particular historical arena. I argue that through the use of domestic items and places for political purposes (and vice versa), both male and female revolutionaries and citizens witnessed a blending of societal roles.

In the second, “‘So Pertinacious Has Been the Misery’: Othering the Irish in The Illustrated London News, 1845-1849,” I contend that The Illustrated London News’ iconography of pity – and the pitiful – reinforces the othering of the miserable Irish as a way to jettison the culpability of the British government for the events and repercussions of the Great Famine.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Ireland, Northern Ireland
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, Ireland
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Family, Gender, Literary History, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Military, Rebellion & Revolution, Rural & Agrarian History, Women