Irish Women in the Long Nineteenth Century
Dublin City University
Area of Study
History, Irish Culture, Women's Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
This module considers constructions of gender in nineteenth-century Ireland with a focus on the manner which women’s lives were shaped by the prevailing ideology of separate spheres. This determined a largely private and domestic role for women with due attention to issues of class. The module will consider the treatment of so-called ‘deviant’ women who existed outside the domestic paradigm. The module will then focus on the campaigns for greater equality for women in society, with a focus on the suffrage campaign. The module will conclude with an examination of women in nationalist campaigns with an emphasis on the revolutionary period 1913-1921.
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the key themes in the historiography of nineteenth-century Irish women.
2. Evaluate the manner in which gender is a social and cultural construct.
3. Develop an understanding of the manner in which constructions of male and female societal roles were disseminated and underpinned in nineteenth-century Ireland.
4. Develop an understanding of the manner which gender analysis must be linked to an understanding of class in nineteenth-century Ireland.
5. Engage with a variety of primary and secondary texts.