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Inventing and Re-Inventing the Irish Woman

‘Inventing and Re-Inventing the Irish Woman’: External Influences on Gender Construction, 1760-2005

Project Details

This IRCHSS Thematic Project ‘Inventing and Re-Inventing the Irish Woman’: External Influences on Gender Construction, 1760-2005, finished in 2010/11.

Principal Investigators

Dr Bernadette Whelan, Department of History UL
Professor Gerardine Meaney, Director, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD


Professor Mary O’Dowd, School of History, QUB

External Partners

Queen’s University Belfast
Trinity College Dublin
University of Warwick
University College London



Grant Source

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Grant Amount


Project Outputs

The principal results of the research are new datasets generated through the project, including a) subscriber lists to selected eighteenth-century Irish publications; b) excerpts from the oral history interviews on the theme of American influences on Irish women; c) a digital archive of the exhibition history of films and reviews in Irish publications of work by women writers and filmmakers from outside Ireland; d) lists of books acquired by one library which is indicative of the type of reading selected both for readers by library committees and favoured by readers in 1930s Ireland with nationality and gender of authors identified where possible; e) a list of 'Women Playwrights at the Gate Theatre, Dublin'; f) a listing of poetry by women from outside Ireland; and g) a list of films directed or written by women shown at the Irish Film Institute. Other publications produced by the project include articles, chapters, conference papers, an edited collection and an interdisciplinary, collaborative volume.