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Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland

Marie-Louise Coolahan


This book examines writing in English, Irish, and Spanish by women living in Ireland and by Irish women living on the continent between the years 1574 and 1676. This was a tumultuous period of political, religious, and linguistic contestation that encompassed the key power‐struggles of early modern Ireland. This study brings to light the ways in which women contributed; they strove to be heard and to make sense of their situations, forging space for their voices in complex ways and engaging with native and new language‐traditions. The book investigates the genres in which women wrote: poetry, ... More

Keywords: women's writing, early modern Ireland, literary genres, Spanish language, English language, Irish language, poetry, nuns' writing, petition‐letters, depositions, biography, autobiography, identity, authorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie-Louise Coolahan, author
Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
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