Women Write Back: Contemporary Irish and Catalan Stories

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Short story writing has flourished in twentieth-century Ireland and Catalonia. The genre has attracted some of the finest writers but in particular women authors. This book considers the disadvantaged position of women in Irish and Catalan society as refracted through the medium of the short story. The writers under discussion include Edna O'Brien, Julia O'Faolain, Eilis Ni Dhuihne, Mary Beckett, Clare Boylan, Mary Dorcey, Angela Bourke, Katy Hayes and Anne Devlin. Women Write Back also explores the subordinate ...
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Short story writing has flourished in twentieth-century Ireland and Catalonia. The genre has attracted some of the finest writers but in particular women authors. This book considers the disadvantaged position of women in Irish and Catalan society as refracted through the medium of the short story. The writers under discussion include Edna O'Brien, Julia O'Faolain, Eilis Ni Dhuihne, Mary Beckett, Clare Boylan, Mary Dorcey, Angela Bourke, Katy Hayes and Anne Devlin. Women Write Back also explores the subordinate position of Ireland and Catalonia historically in relation to the metropolitan powers of Britain and Spain respectively. The cultural implications of the colonial connection are considered from the viewpoint of women and men. The study breaks new ground in placing Ireland and Catalonia within the same comparative framework. There are of course differences between the two societies: the languages and geographical settings are far removed, for instance. But, on closer analysis, it is the similarities which predominate. Both are post-colonial societies, the status of women in many respects is comparable; issues of identity and language are to the forefront of consciousness and national debate. In this book feminist theorising and post-colonial discourses are fruitfully brought to bear on the literary creations of Irish and Catalan short story writers, in what might be described also as an exercise in literary decolonization. Women Write Back was awarded the distinction of the VI Premios de Ensayo de Catalán, Gallego y Vasco for the year 2000 by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Spain.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780716527497
  • Publisher: Irish Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 65.00 (w) x 95.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The short story in Ireland and Catalonia: a postcolonial genre? 18
Historical contexts 21
The popularity of the short story 30
Women and the short story 38
2 'Compulsory marriage', a colonising device 46
Economic and social colonisation of women in marriage 52
Emotional and sexual colonisation of women in marriage 60
Loneliness, unhappiness, violence and exile 68
New generations: the woman warrior 73
3 Towards a feminisation of nationalism 82
Colonialism, nationalism and women 84
Women and nationalism in Ireland 90
'Get out or we'll burn you out': the case of Northern Ireland 102
Women and nationalism in Catalonia 108
4 Decolonising language 121
'L'ecriture feminine' or female writing 124
Catalonia and the language question 130
Between two elements 134
Ireland and the language question 143
5 Conclusions: 'Inventing Women' 152
Appendix 166
Notes 169
Bibliography 191
Index 201
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