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ENG20260 Irish Literature Module: Lecture on The Politics of Gender in Irish Writing © Dr. Catriona Clutterbuck, School of English and Drama, University College Dublin. [NOTE: THIS MATERIAL IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE ON BLACKBOARD FOR A LIMITED PERIOD ONLY, IN THE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES OF DR. CLUTTERBUCK’S UNAVAILABILITY DUE TO ILLNESS, AT SHORT NOTICE AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MARCH BREAK.] Texts relevant to this lecture (all from Stephen Regan (ed), Irish Writing: An Anthology of Irish Literature in English 1789-1939 , Oxford, 2004) Representations of, and responses to, the sovereignty goddess in Irish writing Edmund Burke, from ‘Reflections on the revolution in France’ (1790), political essay, p.3 Maud Gonne, ‘The Famine Queen’ (1900), political essay, p.183 Thomas Moore, ‘She is far from the land’ (1811), poem, p.132 Thomas Furlong, ‘Roisin Dubh’ (1831), p.137 James Clarence Mangan, ‘Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan’ (1841), poem, p.145 ‘Dark Rosaleen’ (1846), poem, p.146 Samuel Ferguson, ‘Cashel of Munster’ (1867), poem, p.156 ‘The Coolun’ (1867), poem, p.158 Aubrey de Vere, ‘The Little Black Rose’ (1861), poem, p.161 anonymous, ‘The Shan Van Vocht’ (1842), ballad, p.174 anonymous, ‘Granuaile’ (c. 1798), ballad, p.178 Oscar Wilde, ‘The Harlot’s House’ (1885), poem, p.340 W.B. Yeats and Augusta Gregory, Kathleen ni Houlihan (1902), play, p.421 Ethna Carbery, ‘The Passing of the Gael’ (1902), poem, p.368 Padraig Pearse, ‘I am Ireland’ (1917), poem, p.391 Francis Ledwidge, ‘The Blackbirds’ (1916), poem, p.398 Padraig Pearse, ‘The Mother’ (1915), poem, p.393 Emily Lawless, from Hurrish (1886), novel [see the figure of the mother on pp. 127- 129] James Joyce, from Ch. 1 of Ulysses (1922), [see the figure of the milk woman], Regan p.304-306 James Stephens, from ‘The Insurrection in Dublin’ (1916), journalism, p.194 [Dublin women’s reaction to the Rising] + p. 196-197 [the figure of the ‘agitated girl’] Constance Markiewicz, ‘Stephen’s Green’ (1926), prose account of women activist’s role in the Rising, p.199 Sean O’Faoilean, ‘Lilliput’ (1926), short story, p.260 Louis MacNeice, ‘Autumn Journal’ XVI (part of a poem sequence), p.407 On Masculinity under Patriarchy: Louis MacNeice, ‘Belfast’ (1931), poem, p.405 Eva Gore-Booth, ‘Women’s Rights’ (1906), poem, p.381 William Allingham, ‘The Maids of Elfin-Mere’ (1850), poem, p.165 James Joyce, ‘A Painful Case’ (1905), short story, p.252 1
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On the theme of the Demon Lover - William Allingham, ‘The Fairies’ (1849), poem, p.163 - Augusta Gregory, ‘Grief of a Girl’s Heart’, (1901), translation of Irish poem, p.336 - Ethna Carbery, ‘The Love Talker’ (1902), poem, p.365 - Thomas MacDonagh, ‘John-John’ (1910), p.384 - Padraig Colum, ‘She Moved Through the Fair’ (1916), poem, p.395 Some basic gender theory is essential for this lecture: 1 What does ‘gender’ mean? Our biological sex may be male or female, but we learn how to be manly or womanly through our cultural conditioning: we are (most of us) born into our sex, but socialized into our gender. particular traditional attributes of our gender differences – eg, women’s softness, docility, emotionalism and selflessness - are not innate and essential to who we are, but are historically determined: this means they have been brought to the fore as important, by historical forces. In other words,
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