Gender & Sexuality In Mod Ireland

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This collection of stimulating essays focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in Irish history, biography, language, literature, and drama. While the contributors employ a variety of methodological and critical perspectives, they share the conviction that the gendering of Ireland-not only of the nation, but of actual Irish men and women-is a construction of culture and ideology and not simply one of nature.
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The rather unconventional topics were chosen for the first annual collection of essays sponsored by the American Conference for Irish Studies to emphasize the recent and sudden social changes in such matters as divorce, contraception, homosexuality, and sexual scandal in the church and government. Among the 13 titles are Queering the Irish Renaissance<-->The Masculinities of Moore, Martyn, and Yeats; Cathleen ni Houlihan Writes Back<-->Maud Gonne and Irish National Theater; The Fionnuala Factor<-->Irish Sibling Emigration at the Turn of the Century; and Godly Burden<-->The Catholic Sisterhoods in 20th-Century Ireland. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558491311
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/1997
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.97 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Queering the Irish Renaissance: The Masculinities of Moore, Martyn, and Yeats 8
Cathleen ni Houlihan Writes Back: Maud Gonne and Irish National Theater 39
Nationalism, Pacifism, Internationalism: Louie Bennett, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, and the Problems of "Defining Feminism" 60
The Fionnuala Factor: Irish Sibling Emigration at the Turn of the Century 85
"Oh, Kathleen Ni Houlihan, Your Way's a Thorny Way!": The Condition of Women in Twentieth-Century Ireland 102
The Posthumous Life of Roger Casement 127
Gender, Sexuality, and Englishness in Modern Irish Drama and Film 159
"Our Bodies' Eyes and Writing Hands": Secrecy and Sensuality in Ni Chuilleanain's Baroque Art 187
"The More with Which We Are Connected": The Muse of the Minus in the Poetry of McGuckian and Kinsella 212
Godly Burden: The Catholic Sisterhoods in Twentieth-Century Ireland 245
The Changing Face of Cathleen ni Houlihan: Women and Politics in Ireland, 1960-1966 257
"Hello Divorce, Goodbye Daddy": Women, Gender, and the Divorce Debate 275
Language, Stories, Healing 299
Notes on Contributors 315
Index 319
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