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The Banshees traces the feminist contributions of a wide range of Irish American women writers, from Mother Jones, Kate Chopin, and Margaret Mitchell to contemporary authors such as Gillian Flynn, Jennifer Egan, and Doris Kearns Goodwin. 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 examining key themes in their novels and memoirs contextualized within a discussion of contemporary feminism, Catholicism, Irish American history, American politics, and society. The Banshees examines these writers’ 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-x
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  1. Introduction: The Banshees
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1. 1900–1960: Ahead of Their Time
  2. pp. 18-51
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  1. 2. The 1960s: The Rise of Feminism
  2. pp. 52-85
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  1. 3. The 1970s: A State of Upheaval
  2. pp. 86-116
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  1. 4. The 1980s: The War on Women
  2. pp. 117-151
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  1. 5. The 1990s: Fin de Siècle
  2. pp. 152-185
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  1. 6. The New Millennium: End of an Era?
  2. pp. 186-226
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 227-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815652403
Related ISBN
9780815633303
MARC Record
OCLC
872672604
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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