The banshees: a literary history of Irish American women writers

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Syracuse University Press,
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[2013]
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First edition.
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English
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Although much has been written about American feminism and its influence on culture and society, very little has been recorded about the key role played by Irish American women writers in exposing women's issues, protecting their rights, and anticipating, in not effecting, change. Like the mythical Irish banshee who delivered forewarnings of imminent death, Irish American women, through their writing, have repeatedly warned of the death of women's rights. These messages carried the greatest potency at times when feminism was under attack due to the politics of civil society, the government, or the church. This book traces the feminist contributions of a wide range of Irish American women writers, from Mother Jones, Kate Chopin, and Margaret Mitchell, to contemporary authors. To illustrate the growth and significance of their writing, the book is organized chronologically by decade. Each chapter details the progress and setbacks of Irish American women during that period by revealing key themes in their novels and memoirs contextualized within a discussion of contemporary feminism, Catholicism, Irish American history, American politics, and society. It also examines these writer's roles in protecting women's sovereignty, rights, and reputations. Thanks to their efforts, feminism is revealed as a fundamental element of Irish American literary history. -- Publisher description.
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American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
American literature -- Irish American authors
American literature -- Irish American authors -- History and criticism
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American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism
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LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
title_displayThe banshees : a literary history of Irish American women writers
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Irish American authors
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Women authors