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Occluded Narratives: Researching Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1910

26 November 2016, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

The diverse and multi-disciplinary body of material contained in The Field Day Anthology Volumes IV and V: Women’s Writing and Traditions (2002) triggered a crucial reappraisal of canonical exclusions. It also engendered numerous retrieval projects on ‘literary absentees’ from the archives of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Irish women’s writing. Scholars working in this field, Margaret Kelleher, Gerardine Meaney, Rolf Loeber and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, James H. Murphy, John Wilson Foster, Heidi Hansson, Tina O’ Toole and many others have made pioneering contributions to what is now a growing body of scholarship. Constructing new critical paradigms and paying attention to neglected writers and genres has expanded our understanding of this period and opened up new spaces for scholarly dialogue.

Our aims in organizing this symposium in many ways seek to further such work. They include:

  1. The identification and connection of scholars working in the field of recovery, rediscovery and reassessment of hitherto neglected and forgotten Irish women writers working at the turn of the century in Ireland, England and further afield. This writing need not be exclusively literary – the aim is to establish an interdisciplinary network where scholars working in different fields but focused on the same period might exchange ideas.
  1. The inauguration of a network for the study of ‘Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1910’ which has a permanent digital presence as a means of sharing information.
  1. Laying the groundwork for a larger international conference in 2017/18.

The proposed dates, 1880-1910 are not exclusive and scholars working on writers publishing slightly outside these fields will be welcome to attend.



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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Tänzerinnen, 1906 (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Estate of Karl Nierendorf)