Review by Choice Review
The title of this volume refers not only to the north-south divisions of Irish nationalism but also to "Irish women's complex relationships to these shifting political and cultural landscapes in their writing." Kirkpatrick (Appalachian State Univ.) has collected 12 essays by Irish and American scholars in order to examine identity at several levels and to connect gender and political concerns with the literary output of Irish women. In line with her emphasis on "restoring silenced voices to the dialogue of national culture," the editor sought contributions that explore the work of both neglected writers such as Emily Lawless and Mary Beckett and well-known figures such as Lady Gregory and Maria Edgeworth. The collection has a feminist as well as a literary stance, and the essays cover a broad view of women's concerns from class distinction to gender politics and from traditional social expectations to lesbianism. The contributors--ten women and two men--also reflect the editor's emphasis on listening to women's voices. This volume belongs in every Irish studies collection supporting work at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. M. H. Kealy Immaculata College
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