Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women's Poetry

  • Daniela Theinová

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Daniela Theinová
    Pages 1-29
  3. New Lands for New Words

  4. Secret Scripts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-105
    2. Daniela Theinová
      Pages 163-187
    3. Daniela Theinová
      Pages 189-218
    4. Daniela Theinová
      Pages 219-246
    5. Daniela Theinová
      Pages 247-254
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 255-281

About this book


Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry examines the transactions between the two main languages of Irish literature, English and Irish, and their formative role in contemporary poetry by Irish women. Daniela Theinová explores the works of well-known poets such as Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Biddy Jenkinson and Medbh McGuckian, combining for the first time a critical analysis of the language issue with a focus on the historical marginality of women in the Irish literary tradition. Acutely alert to the textures of individual poems even as she reads these against broader critical-theoretical horizons, Theinová engages directly with texts in both Irish and English. By highlighting these writers’ uneasy poetic and linguistic identity, and by introducing into this wider context some more recent poets—including Vona Groarke, Caitríona O’Reilly, Sinéad Morrissey, Ailbhe Darcy and Aifric Mac Aodha—this book proposes a fundamental critical reconsideration of major late-twentieth-century Irish women poets, and, by extension, the nation’s canon.


Contemporary Irish poetry Women's poetry Anglo-Irish poets Gaelic-Irish poets Feminism Post-feminism

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniela Theinová
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of ArtsCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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