Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland

Hardcover | December 5, 2013

EditorSarah Sheehan, Ann Dooley

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Medieval Irish texts reveal distinctive and unexpected constructions of gender. Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland illuminates these ideas through its fresh and provocative re-readings of a wide range of texts, including saga, romance, legal texts, Fenian narrative, hagiography, and ecclesiastical verse. This ground-breaking collection presents new research by emerging and established scholars, who explore a variety of perspectives on sexual difference in medieval Irish culture. The contributors examine the intersections of gender with narrative, visuality, law, speech acts, transgression, and performance - painting a compelling picture of the many ways in which authors and audiences conceptualized gender in medieval Ireland.

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Medieval Irish texts reveal distinctive and unexpected constructions of gender. Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland illuminates these ideas through its fresh and provocative re-readings of a wide range of texts, including saga, romance, legal texts, Fenian narrative, hagiography, and ecclesiastical verse. This ground-breaking colle...

Ann Dooley is Professor Emerita of Celtic Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Playing the Hero: Reading the Irish Saga Táin Bó Cúailnge and, with Harry Roe, Tales of the Elders of Ireland.Sarah Sheehan is an independent scholar and graduate of the University of Toronto's Centre for Medieval Studies. She ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.7 × 5.62 × 0.82 inPublished:December 5, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023011525X

ISBN - 13:9780230115255

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ann Dooley and Sarah Sheehan
1. Travelers and Settled Folk: Women, Honor, and Shame in Medieval Ireland ; Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
2. Sex in the civitas: Early Irish Intellectuals and their Vision of Women; Catherine Swift
3. Looking for 'Mr. Right' in Tochmarc Becfhola; Joanne Findon
4. Playing for Power: Macha Mongrúad's Sovereign Performance; Amy C. Mulligan
5. Feasts for the Eyes: Visuality and Desire in the Ulster Cycle; Sarah Sheehan
6. They Kept their Skirts On: Gender-Bending Motifs in Early Irish Hagiography; Judith L. Bishop
7. Human Frontiers in Medieval Irish Religious Literature; Jennifer Karyn Reid
8. Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Late Medieval Irish Rómánsaíochta; Giselle Gos
9. Speaking with Forked Tongues: Gender and Narrative in the Acallam; Ann Dooley