Towards Female Empowerment

The New Generation of Irish Women Poets: Vona Groarke, Sinéad Morrissey, Caitriona O’Reilly and Mary O’Donoghue

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This monographic study analyses in depth the poetry written by four most significant Irish authors born in the 1970s. Together with insightful interpretations of the explored poetry, it offers a new reading of philosophy, social and cultural studies, and psychology connected with the subject matter of women’s empowerment. The poetry of Vona Groarke studies resistance articulated in historical terms, as resistance against political domination (colonisation). Sinéad Morrissey questions the expressions of political violence in the North, even those that might directly result from the reaction against the officially sanctioned system of domination. Caitríona O’Reilly analyses the fears that may be considered as existential (the passage of time, death, loss) that contribute to the sense of women’s incapacity. Here O’Reilly’s poetry seems to work like an empowering catharsis: imagining the least desired course of action and facing up to these vision. The poetry of Mary O’Donoghue probes two correlated though not synonymous phenomena: women being the actual victims of masculine violence, and the social mechanism of victimisation of women that ascribes to the female gender the “natural” and “established” role of a Victim. The book constitutes a thought-provoking debate on the up-to-date issues that need to be critically re-examined and re-thought these days. It is an inspiring reading for people interested not only in Irish poetry but in modern literature in general.

Liczba stron618
WydawcaWydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Numer wydania1
Język publikacjiangielski
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  Preface     10
  INTRODUCTION. Female Empowerment in Theory and in Practice: Four Irish Women Poets     12
  CHAPTER ONE. Power-With: Irish women’s Relational Empowerment and Women’s Empowerment in Connection     40
  1.1. Female Relational Empowerment as “The Self-In Relation” in the Poetry of Sinéad Morrissey     40
  1.2. “To Act in Concert:” Women’s Mutual Empowerment in the Poetry of Mary O’Donoghue     90
  1.3. The Female Power of Relational Autonomy: Establishing Indoor and Outdoor Connections in the Poetry of Vona Groarke     124
  1.4. The Anxiety of Disconnected “Unmoored Pieces” in the Poetry of Caitríona O’Reilly     184
  CHAPTER TWO. Power At: Ecopower and Irish Women’s Ecological Selves     222
  2.1. The Empowering Ecofeminist Care Ethic and Land Ethic in the Poetry of Mary O’Donoghue     222
  2.2. Mechanical Power versus Women’s Eco-empowering Criticism in the Poetry of Caitríona O’Reilly     252
  2.3. “Lay it down there on the newspaper; / let it settle, unearth itself.” Gendering Nature in the Poetry of Vona Groarke     303
  2.4. The Empowered Female Environmental Consciousness as the Source of the Spiritual in the Poetry of Sinéad Morrissey     351
  CHAPTER THREE. Against Power-Over: Irish Women’s Empowerment Through Resistance     398
  3.1. Resisting the Confinement of Other People’s Houses: Female Empowerment and Political Emancipation in the Poetry of Vona Groarke     398
  3.2. Resisting Power Realised as Violence: “A Power Failure” and Female Empowerment in the Poetry of Sinéad Morrissey     448
  3.3. Resisting the Victimisation of Women in the Poetry of Mary O’Donoghue     498
  3.4. “Death, desirelessness: such kinless things:” Resisting female powerlessness in the Poetry of Caitríona O’Reilly     534
  Conclusion     578
  Bibliography     584
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