Remembering the 1918 influenza pandemic

Beiner-pandemicA new book, edited by Sullivan Professor of Irish Studies Guy Beiner, explores a century of remembering, forgetting, and rediscovering the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. In Pandemic Re-Awakenings: The Forgotten and Unforgotten ‘Spanish’ Flu of 1918-1919 (Oxford University Press, 2021), more than 20 scholars offer original essays from the perspectives of personal, communal, medical, and cultural histories in different national and transnational settings. The volume reveals how, even though the Great Flu was overshadowed by the commemorative culture of the Great War, recollections of the pandemic persisted over time to re-emerge towards the centenary of the ‘Spanish’ Flu and burst into public consciousness following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beiner studies history, memory, and social forgetting and is the author of the award-winning publication, Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster.

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