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Gendered spaces in contemporary Irish poetry / Sarah Fulford. –. Bern ; Berlin ; Bruxelles ; Frankfurt am Main ; New York ; Oxford ; Wien: Lang,
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She is also a professional translator from and into Arabic and English. He subsequently obtained a Master's degree and a Ph.

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He has since pursued a career as a scholar of Anglophone and Francophone African and Black Diasporic literatures and cultures. He has contributed essays on literature and culture to several journals, literary reviews, newspapers, and edited books. He regularly serves as a manuscript reviewer for literary publications. Sofia Ahlberg sofia. She has contributed to The New English Series for Palgrave Macmillan and published on transhemispheric issues for Studies in the Humanities and other journals. Her first book, which investigates the leftist European perception of a violent America, is in progress with the support of the University of Melbourne.

With Thomas A. Hale, she is compiling an anthology of medieval and early modern African written literature.

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With Kesis Melaku Terefe, she is translating from Ge'ez into English an African book from the s about Ethiopian women's successful resistance to Portuguese para-colonialism. She is completing a book on the circulation of African thought in Europe and England before the nineteenth century and how non-Western discourse has participated in a global traffic in invention.

Her research centers on Francophone African women authors who write in a variety of genres, including autobiography, fiction, and poetry. Her work is increasingly interdisciplinary. At the moment, she is conducting research on how globalization is affecting African feminist discourses. She is also examining "Francophonie," a cultural construct which has profound political, economic, and psychological impact on the lives of Francophone Africans and on the literature they produce.

Arriving at the Exchange Tavern in March , Carleton for a time successfully passed herself off as a German noblewoman; traversing class boundaries, she assumed the role through the manipulation of both costume and behaviour. Indeed, in a later stanza McGuckian cites from Jacques Olivier, Discourse of Women to present the various means by which women triumphed over men through imposture and cunning:. They will wanton with their gloves and handkerchiefs. Of course, the form of the text embodies its key thematic concern: by constructing her poem from unattributed quotations, the poet has hidden from our gaze; she has adopted a persona, one whose identity is utterly false and unstable.

Her poetic impersonation allows her to co-opt a male Restoration world-view, with its constituent rhetoric, all the while remaining subversively detached from and non-complicit with its ideological presumptions. Lordship is the same activity whether performed by lord or lady or a lord who happens to be a lady, all the source and all the faults. A woman steadfast in looking is a callot and any woman in the wrong place or outside her proper location is, by virtue of that, a foolish woman.


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The harlot is talkative and wandering by the way, not bearing to be quiet, not able to abide still at home, now abroad, now in the streets,. The collar of her shift and robe Pressed, one upon the other.

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However, given that the poem focuses exclusively on how the behaviour and appearance of women were closely regulated, the statement is soon made to sound hollow. Although the term sounds relatively benign, the specific example, from which the general rule is inferred, relates to Dina, a victim of rape who was deemed to have invited the assault by the mere act of leaving her house.

Unregulated contact, or even simply being seen at a window, can imply availability and entail symbolic penetration, thus entailing a threat to her chastity MW He should never have my good will for to make my sister for to sell candle and mustard in Framlyngham, or fill her shopping list with crossbows,. Yet perhaps the real reason why McGuckian takes a more caustic view is due to the research that she has done while composing her historically based poems: the essays, monographs and conduct books that she has consulted consistently depict women as being subject to male surveillance, self-censorship and curtailed movement in society.

The following is taken wholesale from the advice presented in a letter from Francesco Datini to his wife, Margherita 21 :.

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The good housewife should take care that no Part of the house, no place, no household goods Are hidden from her. She should look everywhere, Think of everything, go everywhere, so that When she needs [something] she will have her What she wants under her eye or under her hand, Quickly and without difficulty, just like a captain Who often inspect his soldiers WI She should look everywhere, Think of everything, go everywhere, so that When she needs something she will have what she wants Under her eye, or under her hand, quicly, And without difficulty, like a captain who often Inspect his soldiers.

The first line break calls our attention to the threatening aspect of his instruction: the line now reads as a stern warning rather than as a spousal entreaty.

It is clear that the husband is the overseer and she is merely one of his troops. In fact, it is clear that the theme has been a major preoccupation throughout her writing career. The flat is spotless WW ; the housewife cannot get any information about herself WW ; the role of housewife is an unparalleled haven WW ; sisal carpets, dried grasses WW ; able-bodied WW ; homemakers had romantic notions WW She is my stuffed toy, I pin and deck her out In tulip sleeves, sweetheart necklines, the affectionless Tyranny of dolls who like between their legs A smooth unbrokenness that lets them be The stimulus of care […].

However, in the poem it is the mother who plays with the doll her child. This scenario suggests more than simply the infantalisation of the mother. Mothers who work are made to feel guilty for not devoting all of their time to the care of their offspring. Twice-lost colonial, making inroads On my sleep, till I go round with the Machinery, however can I trust Your jagged growing, the gender you assume On a given day?

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The mother is bound to the incessant and changing needs of the child. My two-piece calico, clockwork, crepping Doll, so indestructible, so heavy she was Moved about on rollers With large, producting gears,. My talking doll nearly as perfect As machinery could be, enigmatic, Vain, mute and delicate, with voice.

When the sheet music inside Her doll head with two opposite faces And movable lower lip, stuck, Buzzing an entrapped bee. In such works, as in the poem, the woman is presented as essentially a male construct: fragile, unthinking and utterly compliant. In one respect this had a positive outcome in that the children tended to reject the creation thus circumventing the socialising process. Where she once employed caustic irony, now she deploys full-blown Gothic horror in order to critique the male conception of motherhood.

The intertextual approach adopted in this article has sought to provide a clear insight into the rationale behind her selections of texts and serve to foreground her feminist credentials: the sources are chosen to learn about the choices made by her female exemplars, and to comment on, or critique, the societal conventions under which they were forced to live.

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Oxford, Peter Lang, , p. Bohman, Irish Review 16, , p. Accessed 3 November Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan and Nancy J. Vickers eds. Extracts from the poem are cited on the right and quotations from the source text — Mary Rogers and Paola Tinagli eds. Woodruff Library, Emory University, Box 29, folder 5. The poem is cited on the right.