Mary Mullen

  • Assistant Professor, English
  • Villanova University
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Villanova, English 2490: Irish Literature, Gender and History

How does gender shape Irish writing? And how does Irish writing help us better understand gender? In this class, we will read nineteenth-century Irish and Anglo-Irish literature alongside feminist, queer, and gender theory to answer these questions. We will consider why Ireland is represented as a woman and what effects the trope of ‘Mother Ireland’ has on women’s experiences; the gendered accounts of the Irish Famine; the relationship between the family, the nation, the church, and the state in Ireland; the intersections between gender and colonialism; and queer performance. We will cover work by Maria Edgeworth, Anna Maria Hall, Lady Gregory & W. B. Yeats, Emily Lawless, George Moore, and Oscar Wilde, among others.

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