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Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women's Poetry

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Broadens the context in which poetry by women has mostly been discussed

  • Contributes simultaneously to two fields, both Gaelic literary studies and anglophone Irish literary criticism

  • Offers an overview of the merits and pitfalls of literary feminism, but also proposes vistas of a new canon

Part of the book series: New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature (NDIIAL)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Uncertain Identities

    • Daniela Theinová
    Pages 1-29
  3. New Lands for New Words

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 31-39
  4. Secret Scripts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-105
    2. Kinds of Between: The Margin as a Mainspring

      • Daniela Theinová
      Pages 163-187
    3. Original in Translation: Poets Between Languages

      • Daniela Theinová
      Pages 189-218
    4. In and Out of Ireland: New Poets and New Places

      • Daniela Theinová
      Pages 219-246
    5. Conclusion: Feminism After Poetry

      • Daniela Theinová
      Pages 247-254
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 255-281

About this book

Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry examines the transactions between the two main languages of Irish literature, English and Irish, and their formative role in contemporary poetry by Irish women. Daniela Theinová explores the works of well-known poets such as Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Biddy Jenkinson and Medbh McGuckian, combining for the first time a critical analysis of the language issue with a focus on the historical marginality of women in the Irish literary tradition. Acutely alert to the textures of individual poems even as she reads these against broader critical-theoretical horizons, Theinová engages directly with texts in both Irish and English. By highlighting these writers’ uneasy poetic and linguistic identity, and by introducing into this wider context some more recent poets—including Vona Groarke, Caitríona O’Reilly, Sinéad Morrissey, Ailbhe Darcy and Aifric Mac Aodha—this book proposes a fundamental critical reconsideration of major late-twentieth-century Irish women poets, and, by extension, the nation’s canon.

Keywords

  • Contemporary Irish poetry
  • Women's poetry
  • Anglo-Irish poets
  • Gaelic-Irish poets
  • Feminism
  • Post-feminism

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

    Daniela Theinová

About the author

Daniela Theinová is Senior Lecturer in the English Department and a member of the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She has contributed to Post-Ireland? Essays on Contemporary Irish Poetry (2017) and A History of Irish Women’s Poetry (2020). Her translations include poetry by Vona Groarke, Caitríona O’Reilly, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Aifric Mac Aodha. 

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eBook USD 64.99
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Hardcover Book USD 119.99
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