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Introduction: Uncertain Identities

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Based on a fluid sense of cultural, political and linguistic identity, “Irish poetry” is an essentially equivocal concept. Theinová’s approach illustrates how the ways in which women have been represented in Irish poetry have not only changed but kept evolving over the course of the past fifty years. An important underlying feature of this development has been the language issue which is construed as a plural phenomenon with diverse cultural manifestations. While it discusses the competing allegiances of the Anglo-Irish as well as the Gaelic-Irish poets, the Introduction also outlines some of the links and discontinuities between the binary concepts of feminism and post-feminism and shows how women poets have explored their position in national and sociolinguistic communities with increasingly globalised perspectives.

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Theinová, D. (2020). Introduction: Uncertain Identities. In: Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women's Poetry. New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55954-0_1

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