The New Middle Ages

Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland

Editors: Sheehan, S., Dooley, A. (Eds.)

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Medieval Irish texts reveal distinctive and unexpected constructions of gender. Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland illuminates these ideas through its fresh and provocative re-readings of a wide range of texts, including saga, romance, legal texts, Fenian narrative, hagiography, and ecclesiastical verse.

About the authors

Judith L. Bishop, Mills College, USA Ann Dooley, University of Toronto, Canada Joanne Findon, Trent University, Canada Giselle Gos, Harvard University, USA Amy C. Mulligan, University of Bergen, Norway Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland Jennifer Karyn Reid, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Sarah Sheehan, Independent Scholar, Toronto Catherine Swift, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland

Reviews

"This book is a groundbreaking re-reading of gender construction in Medieval Ireland. Despite Ireland's unique early literature, there has been little produced on this topic, and it is a joy to find contributions from such scholars in one volume. This book will be welcomed for its scope and depth as an invaluable addition to the general medieval field of gender studies, for the amateur and professional scholar alike." - Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, Senior Lecturer, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland

"The unruly sex-gender systems of medieval Irish literature remain nearly as much a scandal to the conservative heteronormativism of modern scholarship in the field as they were to Romanizing churchmen, proto-colonialist Normans, and Elizabethan carpet-baggers. This collection, at long last, clarifies what scholars of medieval gender have to learn from Irish texts, and why it's high time for Celticists, in their turn, to engage more fully the gender-critical insights of the last three decades." - David Townsend, Professor of Medieval Studies and English, University of Toronto, Canada

"[A] genuine conversation about the gendered implications of medieval Irish literature .Until the recent vote on same-sex marriage, the Irish have rarely taken a revolutionary lead in the battle for gender equity. The authors of this volume, led by Mulligan and Dooley, suggest that Irish ambivalence about sexuality and gender boundaries has its origins in the medieval past." - The Medieval Review


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Sheehan, Sarah (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Travelers and Settled Folk: Women, Honor, and Shame in Medieval Ireland

    Dhonnchadha, Máirín Ní

    Pages 17-38

  • Sex in the

    Swift, Catherine

    Pages 39-55

  • Looking for “Mr. Right” in

    Findon, Joanne

    Pages 57-73

  • Playing for Power: Macha Mongrúad’s Sovereign Performance

    Mulligan, Amy C.

    Pages 75-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland
Editors
  • S. Sheehan
  • A. Dooley
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-07638-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137076380
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11525-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29661-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 221
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