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Irish Women's Writing (1880-1920) Network

The aims of the network, established in 2016, are to attract interested readers and scholars (established, early-career and postgraduates) working across disciplines on turn-of-the twentieth century Irish women’s writing (in its broadest terms), and between nations and continents. As a digital forum, (the network’s website with its regularly updated blog page, its Facebook page and Twitter account), the aim is to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing of newly recovered material and new approaches. Bibliography and archive pages are under development where useful archival sources and digital links will be listed and regularly updated.
The network encourages collaborations that are international and multidisciplinary, and invites contributions to its blog page where new research or recently launched projects, conferences, etc. can be highlighted. Interested parties can join through its membership link and can include details on their current research, publications as well as contact details for networking.
Principal Investigators:
Dr Kathryn Laing (MIC, University of Limerick)
Dr Sinéad Mooney (De Monfort University, UK)
Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin (University of Limerick)
Dr Anna Pilz (Rachel Carson Centre)
Dr Whitney Standlee (Gloucestershire College)
Dr Julie Anne Stevens (Dublin City University) 
Dr Deirdre Flynn (University College Dublin)
Kathleen Williams (Boston College)
Dates: 2016 -
Publications related to the Network:
Kathryn Laing:     ‘“Only Connect”: Irish Women’s Voices, Latin America and the Irish Women’s Writing Network’, Irish Migration Studies in Latin America9.1 (2018)
  • Edited Collection with Sinéad Mooney, published in association with the Irish Women’s Writing Network: Irish Women Writers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Alternative Histories, New Narratives (EER, 2019)
  • ‘Hannah Lynch’s Irish Girl Rebels: ‘A Girl Revolutionist’ and ‘Marjory Maurice’ (Irish Women Writers: Texts and Contexts Series, EER, 2020).
Two new series published by EER in association with the Irish Women’s Writing Network have been launched:
Key Irish Women Writers
This series offers short critical introductions to key Irish women writers written by expert scholars.  Combining major figures such as Maria Edgeworth, Augusta Gregory and Elizabeth Bowen with lesser-known figures, the series focuses on the long 19th century and the first half of the 20th, and sets out to offer comprehensive accounts of significant individual careers by the foremost critics in the field. Scholarly yet accessible, these studies marry original scholarship and an overview of the often scattered extant critical approaches to an author with considerations of key texts and contexts, biographical outlines and up-to-date bibliographies.
While the editors and publisher welcome diversity and do not wish to be overly prescriptive as to how to approach the selected author, please take into account the aims for this series outlined below:
  • Brief, accessible - a quick read packed with information and ideas
  • To offer a crisp but penetrating introduction to and analysis of major careers and publications within Irish women’s writing in English (not a survey but a critical and bibliographical guide)
  • Readership -- undergraduates studying Irish literature and women’s writing, postgraduates, teachers of Irish writing at school and university level. 
  • To offer undergraduate and postgraduate students exemplary models of original critical assessment and more broadly scholars in the field an up-to-date assessment of existing cholarship and new perspectives
Irish Women Writers: Texts and Contexts
This series specifically brings to the fore forgotten or neglected Irish women novelists, poets, dramatists, historians etc who published at during the long nineteenth century and early to mid-twentieth century, and whose writing:  is now out of print; unavailable via various digital platforms (Project Gutenburg, Internet Archive, etc); scattered in magazines, newspapers or in essay collections that are now out of print; was never published -  the case of many women playwrights whose plays were performed but not published.
Primary Aims
  • The primary aim is to make selected forgotten/lost texts available to interested readers, undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers.
  • Selections will be made by leading scholars in the field who are working to recover Irish women writers and their oeuvre of this period. Our focus is on making expertly-edited, well-produced, accessible and affordable texts available for teaching and research purposes.