The imagined female in Ireland has transformed throughout time, beginning with the warriors of mythology, to pious religious icons throughout the Middle Ages, to the martyred woman and devout mother of modern times. What has remained constant, however, is the creation of these images by men to further their own agendas, and as a result, the denial of agency for women. This paper will explore the evolution of female representations throughout Irish history, the co-option of those images by cultural nationalists beginning in the nineteenth century in an attempt create a national identity in the struggle for a free state, and finally the reclamation of those images by women in the late twentieth century, allowing them to create their own image, and thus create their own reality. The goal is to place in context women's position over the last two centuries and the interplay between gendered images, national aspirations and perceptions of women in Ireland during that time.
|Advisor:||Shafer, David A.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European history, Womens studies|
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