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Reading the Irish Woman: Studies in Cultural Encounter and Exchange, 1714-1960

Gerardine Meaney, Mary O'Dowd, and Bernadette Whelan


In 1700 few Irishwomen were literate. Most lived in a rural environment, rarely encountered a book or a play or ventured much beyond their own domestic space. By 1960 literacy was universal, all Irishwomen attended primary school, had access to a variety of books, magazines, newspapers and other forms of popular media and the wider world was now part of their every-day life. This study seeks to examine the cultural encounters and exchanges inherent in this transformation. It analyses reading and popular and consumer culture as sites of negotiation of gender roles. This is not an exhaustive tre ... More

Keywords: Cultural exchange, Ireland, Education, Emigration, Enlightenment, Modernism, Literacy, Gender, Women, History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318924
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerardine Meaney, author

Mary O'Dowd, author

Bernadette Whelan, author