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Opening the Field: Irish Women : Texts and Contexts

Opening the Field: Irish Women : Texts and Contexts

Patricia Boyle Haberstroh and Christine St. Peter

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This is a response to the volumes of the Field Day Anthology, published by Cork University Press.

A collection of essays by ten prominent critics, it demonstrates the variety of feminist criticism in understanding a range of texts by Irish women writers. One of the defining moments in late twentieth-century Irish literature was the publication of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991), which immediately created a controversy. This huge collection covering more than a thousand years was marked by the virtual absence of female writers. To fill this gap Cork University Press (2002) published The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Irish Women's Writing and Traditions.

The debate over The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing demonstrates the continuing need to bring women writers and critics to the attention of the public.This is a collection of essays in which ten prominent critics each examine a text by an Irish woman, applying a specific feminist perspective. Each contributor has chosen both the writer and the analytical and theoretical stance she develops in her essay.

The strategy behind the book is to demonstrate the different varieties of feminist criticism and the numerous ways in which books by Irish womencan be read, taken into account both the text under consideration and the contexts in which it was written and can/might be read. The introduction places women writers within the Irish literary and critical traditions.

This collection will be valuable for scholars in both Irish Studies and Women's Studies; it will also serve as a useful classroom text, as its several perspectives combine with close readings of many works thus serving well as supplementary reading for classes in Irish literature.

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Author Patricia Boyle Haberstroh and Christine St. Peter
Publisher Cork University Press
Publication date 2 Apr 2007
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781859184103

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