Irish Women and Nationalism: Soldiers, New Women and Wicked Hags

Irish Women and Nationalism: Soldiers, New Women and Wicked Hags

by Louise Ryan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0716527677

ISBN-13: 9780716527671

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: Irish Academic Press

Studies of Irish nationalism have been primarily historical in scope and overwhelmingly male in content. Too often, the 'shadow of the gunman' has dominated. Little recognition has been given to the part women have played, yet over the centuries they have undertaken a variety of roles - as combatants, prisoners, writers and politicians. In this exciting new book the…  See more details below

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Studies of Irish nationalism have been primarily historical in scope and overwhelmingly male in content. Too often, the 'shadow of the gunman' has dominated. Little recognition has been given to the part women have played, yet over the centuries they have undertaken a variety of roles - as combatants, prisoners, writers and politicians. In this exciting new book the full range of women's contribution to the Irish nationalist movement is explored by writers whose interests range from the historical and sociological to the literary and cultural. From the little known contribution of women to the earliest nationalist uprisings of the 1600s and 1700s, to their active participation in the republican campaigns of the twentieth century, different chapters consider the changing contexts of female militancy and the challenge this has posed to masculine images and structures. Using a wide range of sources, including textual analysis, archives and documents, newspapers and autobiographies, interviews and action research, individual writers examine sensitive and highly complex debates around women's role in situations of conflict. At the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship, this is a major contribution to wider feminist debates about the gendering of nationalism, raising questions about the extent to which women's rights, demands and concerns can ever be fully accommodated within nationalist movements.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780716527671
Publisher:
Irish Academic Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
Gender Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Introduction1
2Testimonies to history : reassessing women's involvement in the 1641 rising14
3Revolution in Ireland, evolution in women's rights : Irish women in 1798 and 184830
4'In the line of fire' : representations of women and war (1919-1923) through the writings of republican men45
5Constance Markievicz and the politics of memory62
6Representations and attitudes of republican women in the novels of Annie M. P. Smithson (1873-1948) and Rosamond Jacob (1888-1960)80
7'And behind him a wicked hag did stalk' : from maiden to mother, Ireland as woman through the male psyche96
8'We had to be stronger' : the political imprisonment of women in Northern Ireland, 1972-1999114
9Female combatants, paramilitary prisoners and the development of feminism in the republican movement132
10Narratives of political activism from women in West Belfast145
11The emergence of a gender consciousness : women and community work in West Belfast167
12Times of transition : republican women, feminism and political representation184

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