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In association with the Irish Women’s Writing Network (1880-1920), a digital platform aimed at connecting established and early career researchers, writers and interested readers and promoting scholarship in the field.

Contemporary Irish women’s writing across all genres constitutes an increasingly vibrant and diverse scene. In parallel, and responding to campaigns such as Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon and #Waking the Feminists (advancing equality for women in Irish theatre), a renaissance of feminist recovery projects is paying renewed scholarly attention to earlier neglected or marginalised Irish women’s writing from the long nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Challenging assumptions about established canonical frameworks, addressing omissions and retrieving forgotten or silenced voices,  these two series, Key Irish Women Writers and Irish Women Writers: Texts and Contexts, are timely contributions to burgeoning research and teaching fields crossing Gender Studies, Irish Studies, Modernist and Victorian studies, and Periodical and Print Cultures.

Key Irish Women Writers

Series editors: Kathryn Laing and Sinéad Mooney

This series offers short critical introductions to key Irish women writers written by expert scholars.  Aimed at combining now canonical figures such as Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Bowen and Kate O’Brien with lesser-known writers whose work deserves recognition, 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.

Forthcoming titles in 2021:

Elizabeth Bowen  by ​​Heather Ingman  
Kate O’Brien  by Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka
Maria Edgeworth by Clíona Ó Gallchoir
Jane Wilde by Eibhear Walshe

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Irish Women Writers: Texts and Contexts

Series editors: Kathryn Laing and Sinéad Mooney

This series produces critical editions of the work of forgotten or neglected Irish women novelists, poets, and dramatists who wrote during the long nineteenth century and the early to mid-twentieth century. It makes available writing which is now out of print, unavailable via digital platforms, scattered in magazines, newspapers or essay collections, or which was never published, as is the case of many women playwrights whose plays were performed but not published, with the intention of making the material available for teaching and research. Volumes will include a short biographical timeline, critical introduction, annotations to the selected material, contemporary reviews, and a comprehensive bibliography.

Forthcoming titles in 2021 are editions of selected work from:

Ethel Colburn Mayne (1865-1941), short story writer, novelist, translator, editor

 – introduced and edited by Elke D’hoker

 Hannah Lynch (1859-1904), novelist, travel writer, Ladies’ Land League activist and cultural commentator – introduced and edited by Kathryn Laing

Rosa Mulholland (1841-1921), prolific novelist, short story writer and poet

– introduced and edited by James H. Murphy

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 Series Advisory Board

Heidi Hansson
Margaret Kelleher
Gerardine Meaney
James H. Murphy

Series editors

Kathryn Laing lectures in the Department of English Language and Literature, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her teaching and research interests are principally in late nineteenth-century Irish women’s writing, New Woman fiction, modernist women writers, periodical and print culture. She has published widely on Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, George Moore, F. Mabel Robinson and Irish writer Hannah Lynch. Recent publications include (editor, with Sinéad Mooney) Irish Women Writers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Alternative Histories, New Narratives (EER, 2020), and  Hannah Lynch: Irish Writer, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, a critical biography co-written with Faith Binckes (Cork University Press, 2020). She is the co-founder and administrator of the Irish Women’s Writing Network.

Sinéad Mooney has been a lecturer in the English Department at the National University of Ireland, Galway from 2002 to 2014, and Senior Lecturer in English at De Montfort University from 2016-2019. Her research interests include Irish literature, modernism, the work of Samuel Beckett, and women’s writing, particularly Irish women’s writing of the late 19th and early 20th century, and contemporary writing. Recent publications include (editor, with Kathryn Laing) Irish Women Writers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Alternative Histories, New Narratives (EER, 2020), essays on early English productions of Waiting for Godot and their traces in provincial theatre archives, and essays on Edna O’Brien, Beckett and ‘outsider art’, and on the ‘decadent’ novelist Katherine Cecil Thurston. She is co-founder and administrator of the Irish Women’s Writing Network.