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Irish Women Writers

New Critical Perspectives


Edited By Elke D'hoker, Raphaël Ingelbien and Hedwig Schwall

After a decade in which women writers have gradually been given more recognition in the study of Irish literature, this collection proposes a reappraisal of Irish women’s writing by inviting dialogues with new or hitherto marginalised critical frameworks as well as with foreign and transnational literary traditions. Several essays explore how Irish women writers engaged with European themes and traditions through the genres of travel writing, the historical novel, the monologue and the fairy tale. Other contributions are concerned with the British context in which some texts were published and argue for the existence of Irish inflections of phenomena such as the New Woman, suffragism or vegetarianism. Further chapters emphasise the transnational character of Irish women’s writing by applying continental theory and French feminist thinking to various texts; in other chapters new developments in theory are applied to Irish texts for the first time. Casting the efforts of Irish women in a new light, the collection also includes explorations of the work of neglected or emerging authors who have remained comparatively ignored by Irish literary criticism.


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ELKE D’HOKER, RAPHAËL INGELBIEN AND HEDWIG SCHWALL Introduction 1 ANNE FOGARTY ‘I was a Voice’: Orality and Silence in the Poetry of Eavan Boland 7 Margaret Mills Harper ‘The Real Thing’: Body Parts and the Zero Institution in Ní Chuilleanáin’s Poetry 25 Lucy Collins Joyful Mysteries: Language and Spirituality in Medbh McGuckian’s Recent Poetry 41 Niamh Hehir ‘I have grown inside words/Into a state of unbornness’: Evocations of a Pre-linguistic Space of Meaning in Medbh McGuckian’s Poetry 57 MÁria Kurdi Narrating Across Borders: From Gendered Experience of Trauma to Subject Transformation in Monologues by Irish Women Playwrights 73 vi Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin ‘The seeds beneath the snow’: Resignation and Resistance in Teresa Deevy’s Wife to James Whelan 91 Faith Binckes and Kathryn Laing A Vagabond’s Scrutiny: Hannah Lynch in Europe 111 Maureen O’Connor ‘I’m meat for no butcher!’: The Female and the Species in Irish Women’s Writing 133 Eve Eisenberg ‘And then the sausages were ordered’: Jewishness, Irishness and Othering in Castle Rackrent 151 Christina Morin Undermining Morality? National Destabilisation in The Wild Irish Girl and Corinne ou L’Italie 169 Catherine Smith ‘Words! Words! Words!’: Interrogations of Language and History in Emily Lawless’s With Essex in Ireland 187 Kathryn Johnson ‘Phantasmagoric Hinterlands’: Adolescence and Anglo-Ireland in Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris and The Death of the Heart 207 vii Tina O’Toole Unregenerate Spirits: The Counter-Cultural Experiments of George Egerton and Elizabeth Bowen 227 Sylvie Mikowski Deirdre Madden’s Novels: Searching for Authentic Woman 245...

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