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Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland$
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Marie-Louise Coolahan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567652.001.0001

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(p.258) Epilogue
Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland

Marie‐Louise Coolahan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Epilogue assesses the range of social classes and backgrounds represented by the women writers discussed in the book. It outlines the economic, social, and political imperatives that motivated women to author texts, arguing that what they wrote was often predicated on why they wrote and on which literary forms were available to them. It argues that women reshaped the genres in which they composed to suit their own acts of authorship and their own agendas. It reiterates the book's arguments for a complex understanding of authorship and for the plurality and cross‐fertilization of language and identity in early modern Ireland.

Keywords:   authorship, identity, motivation

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