The essays collected in this volume reflect on and interrogate representations of gender and space in a range of literary texts and cultural artefacts and put forward a diverse and suggestive array of interpretations that draw out the salience of these two foundational but vexed constructs. In conversation with the influential criticism of Patricia Coughlan, they examine the portrayal of sibling relations, illness and trauma, the connections between mothers and daughters, and constructions of masculinity and of feminist subjects from the medieval to the contemporary periods. Drawing out aspects of the politics of space, these essays also engage with the depiction of whiteness in early modern colonial writing about Brazil, concepts of the pastoral, the urban ghost, the city and alienation, the maritime and queer ecology, the letters of female emigrants to Argentina and the ecopoetics of domestic architecture. Engaging with a wide array of genres and historical periods, this volume offers incisive and illuminating analyses of texts from the early modern to the contemporary periods.
Anne Fogarty is Professor of James Joyce Studies at University College Dublin. She has edited several collections of essays about Joyce and published numerous articles about Irish writing, especially women authors. She is co-editor with Marisol Morales-Ladrón of Deirdre Madden: New Critical Perspectives (Manchester University Press, 2022).
Tina O’Toole is Senior Lecturer in English at the School of English, Irish, and Communication, University of Limerick. Her scholarship focuses on representations of gender and sexuality in Irish literature. Recent publications include essays on the Irish New Woman for The Irish Revival: A Complex Vision (Syracuse UP, 2022), A History of Irish Literature in Transition 1880-1940 (Cambridge UP, 2020) and a special issue of Irish University Review on Elizabeth Bowen (2021; co-edited with Anna Teekell).