The SSNCI has been publishing high-quality collections since 1996, with Irish Academic Press, Four Courts Press, and now Liverpool University Press. Below you can find details on our first sixteen edited collections. We have several forthcoming volumes, and some recently published, including:

  • Georgina Laragy, Olwen Purdue, and Jonathan Jeffrey (eds), Urban spaces in nineteenth-century Ireland (Liverpool University Press, published November 2018)


  • Kyle Hughes and Donald M. McRaild (eds), Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool University Press, published October 2017)


  • Leeann Lane and William J. Murphy (eds), Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool University Press, published March 2016)


Edited by Laurence M. Geary and Oonagh Walsh  (Four Courts Press, 2014)


This collection of essays offers new and challenging perspectives on the history of philanthropy in nineteenth-century Ireland, shifting and extending standard analyses to include state and voluntary philanthropy, relief under the poor law, formal and informal systems of assistance on landed estates, workers’ housing and public amenities, and cultural philanthropy mediated through literature, and subsidized art exhibitions for the education of the working classes.

Contributors: Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUIG), Mel Cousins (TCD), John Wilson Foster (U British Columbia/QUB), Laurence M. Geary (UCC), Linda King (IADT), Joanne McEntee (ind.), Philip McEvansoneya (TCD), Kevin Mc Kenna (ind.), Eoin McLaughlin (U St Andrews), Conor McNamara (St Patrick’s, DCU), Mary Pierse (ind.), Oonagh Walsh (Glasgow Caledonian U).

Laurence M. Geary is senior lecturer in history at University College Cork.
Oonagh Walsh is professor of gender studies at Glasgow Caledonian University.

  • SetWidth440-9781846823510Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century

Edited by Ciaran O’Neill  (Four Courts Press, 2013)

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This collection of essays challenges the view that national identification or religious affiliation provided such a strong focus in the lives of individuals as to render unimportant ties such as those of geography, class, social background and sectional interest. Indeed, power, wealth and influence were distributed in myriad ways in the nineteenth century, often through localized elites or social networks.

Edited by Juliana Adelman & Éadaoin Agnew   (Four Courts Press, 2011)

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This interdisciplinary volume expands the existing literature in this area by moving its focus beyond the intellectual elite and relating Irish scientific activities to the historical study of Irish literature and culture, as well as the context of Victorian science more generally.




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This collection emanates from the 2008 Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Conference.






Edited by  Frank Ferguson & James McConnel  (Four Courts Press, 2009)

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This volume re-examines the relationship between Ireland and Scotland in the nineteenth century.  It questions the received ideas about the extent of cultural harmony between the two countries.



Edited by Úna Ní Bhroiméil and Glenn Hooper (Four Courts Press, 2008)

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This collection in the Nineteenth-Century Ireland Series focuses on the ways in which visitors to Ireland – but also the Irish themselves – viewed Irish land and landscape.




This collection of essays is published in association with the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland; subjects examined include philologists and universities in Ireland and Germany; Fenianism; mass literacy; Irish reactions to the Franco-Prussian war, 1870-1.




Interesting collection of essays – from academics in Ireland and North America – concerning Irish society, religion and politics in the nineteenth century.





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This collection of interdisciplinary essays focuses on the articulation and interplay of ‘Irish’ and ‘British’ identities during the Victorian period in Ireland, Great Britain and beyond.





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This volume consists of the proceedings of the tenth international conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-century Ireland, held in Dublin in June 2002.














  • SetWidth440-Hooper-Litvack-IrelandIreland in the Nineteenth Century: Regional Identity
    Edited by Glenn Hooper & Leon Litvack (Four Courts Press, 1999)
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    This fourth volume in a series focusing on 19th-century Ireland provides multi-disciplinary, as well as interdisciplinary, observations on how the concept of ‘region’ can be used to illuminate literature, travel writing, politics, legal studies, economic and social history, geography, and cartography.



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A selection of papers from the 1996 conference of the Society for the Study of 19th-century Ireland.




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Central to literary, social and political writings of nineteenth-century Ireland are arguments regarding men and women’s ‘proper’ sphere. This pioneering volume examines the significance of gender in shaping public and private life during a century of complex and changing power relations. The interdisciplinary character of the collection ensures a rich variety of perspectives.Contributors explore the roles assigned to men and women in political, social and religious institutions and highlight the consequences of these roles. Investigations of the extent to which gender influenced key historical events such as the Great Irish Famine, the 1848 Rising and the Fenian Movement are among the many original insights offered by the volume. Essays range through the central discourses of nineteenth, century Ireland, from political economy and education, to literature and journalism. In an important extension of the literary canon, many neglected writers of the period are restored to attention.


  • 417NVB4SXPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Fearful Realities: New Perspectives on the Famine
    Edited by Chris Morash and Richard Hayes (Irish Academic Press,1996)

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Bypassing current debates on historical revisionism, this book reconsiders the Famine of the 1840s from a variety of perspectives, theological, literary, feminist, demographic, medical, etc., Incorporating these viewpoints with more conventional forms of cultural and political history. In bringing together this range of approaches, the volume constitutes an important contribution to the current reassessment of one of the most traumatic events in Irish history.