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Cambridge University Press
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August 2018
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This book offers the first comprehensive survey of writing by women in Ireland from the seventeenth century to the present day. It covers literature in all genres, including poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as life-writing and unpublished writing, and addresses work in both English and Irish. The chapters are authored by leading experts in their field, giving readers an introduction to cutting edge research on each period and topic. Survey chapters give an essential historical overview, and are complemented by a focus on selected topics such as the short story, and key figures whose relationship to the narrative of Irish literary history is analysed and reconsidered. Demonstrating the pioneering achievements of a huge number of many hitherto neglected writers, A History of Modern Irish Women's Literature makes a critical intervention in Irish literary history.


'If you thought women’s writing in Ireland began with Maria Edgeworth and took a prolonged break until Maeve Binchy chanced along, you’re about to go on a voyage of discovery. This important book is billed as the first comprehensive survey of writing by women in Ireland and runs from the 17th century to the present day …'

Martina Devlin Source: Irish Independent

'… a necessity for anyone who wants to understand the many Irish literary traditions of women writers, an immense body of work that the editors wisely do not try to fit into a single paradigm.'

Lucy McDiarmid Source: The Irish Times

‘Multi-faceted and detailed, these essays provide a kaleidoscopic view of the rich diversity and history of modern Irish women’s writing.’

Claire Keogh Source: Irish Studies Review

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