This book explores the cultural representations of unmarried motherhood in 20th-century Ireland from a variety of perspectives (literary and film studies, applied sociology and history) in order to analyze different discourses of femininity and motherhood. The book analyzes cultural artifacts in which the central theme is unmarried motherhood in an Irish context to outline and describe the different strategies at play in the representation, negotiation and contestation of traditional discourses of femininity.
Maria Cinta Ramblado-Minero is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Limerick. Auxiliadora Perez-Vides is Lecturer in English at the University of Huelva.
Preface; Introduction by M. Cinta Ramblado-Minero and Auxiliadora Perez-Vides; Gerardine Meaney - The Gothic Republic: Dark Imaginings and White Anxieties; Part I: Irish Culture and Single Maternity; Briona Nic Dhiarmada - Speaking on the Double: Mairead Ni Ghrada's An Triail; Anne O'Conor - Representations of Unmarried Mothers in Irish Folklore; Part II: Single Maternity in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Socio-Historical Perspectives; Clare O'Hagan - Ideologies of Motherhood and Single Mothers; Cliona Rattigan - 'Dark Spots' in Irish Society: Unmarried Mothers and Infanticide in Ireland from 1926 to 1938; Louise Ryan - Irish Newspaper Representations of Women, Migration and Pregnancy Outside the Marriage in the 1930s; Part III: The Magdalen Laundries in Literature and Film; Aida Rosende-Perez - 'Washing Away Their Sins': Unmarried Motherhood in Peter Mullan's The Magdalene Sisters; Paula Murphy - 'Wayward Girls and Fallen Women': Negotiating Fact and Fiction in the Magdalen Laundries; Part IV: Unmarried Mothers in Contemporary Film and Literature; Dervila Layden - A Welcome Addition to the Family? The Snapper and the Development of Irish Society; Patrick Walsh and Marcus Free - Papa Don't Preach: Irony, Contradiction and the Unmarried Mother in December Bride and The Snapper; Sinead McDermott - Mary Morrissy's Maternal Subject; Part V: Single Maternity and Irish Women's Writing; Siobhan O'Connor-Semahedi - Representation of the 'Unmarried Mother' in Brinsley Macnamara's Valley of the Squinting Windows; Deirdre O'Byrne - Scandalous Women: The Representation of Unmarried Motherhood in Short Stories by Mary Lavin, Edna O'Brien and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne; Auxiliadora Perez-Vides - Visualizing Single Maternity in Edna O'Brien's Down by the River; Maria Amor Barros del Rio - Unmarried Mothers Marrying Ireland: Subversive Strategies in Edna O'Brien's Literature.