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

TitleIrish Women and Nationalism: Soldiers, New Women, and Wicked Hags
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
Series EditorRyan, Louise, and Margaret Ward
Number of Pagesviii, 239 p.
PublisherIrish Academic Press
CityDublin
Abstract

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.

Short TitleIrish Women and Nationalism
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HQ1236.5.I73 I75 2004
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HQ1236.5.I73