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Contesting the ‘Female Gothic’ in Charlotte Dacre‘s Zofloya
Carol Margaret Davison

Taking Charlotte Dacre‘s unique and controversial novel, Zofloya; Or The Moor (1806), as its focal point, this essay takes stock of the strengths and limitations of the major theoretical engagements with the ‘Female Gothic’ under its diverse appellations, and consider them in terms of the history of Gothic theory more generally.

Gothic Studies
Theories, concepts and new perspectives

Bringing together leading authorities on Irish women and migration, this book offers a significant reassessment of the place of women in the Irish diaspora. It demonstrates the important role played by women in the construction of Irish diasporic identities, comparing Irish women's experience in Britain, Canada , New Zealand and the United States. The book considers how the Catholic Church could be a focal point for women's Irish identity in Britain. It examines how members of the Ladies' Orange Benevolent Association (LOBA) maintained a sense of Irish Protestant identity, focused on their associational life in female Orange lodges. The book offers a lens on Irish society, and on countries where they settled, and considerable scope for comparative analysis of the impact of different cultures and societies on women's lives. It reviews key debates in Transnational Studies (TS) and Diaspora Studies (DS) before discussing the particular contribution of DS in framing 1990s study of migrant and non-migrant Irish women. Feminist and queer theory scholarship in Irish DS has begun to address the gender and sexual politics of diaspora by attending to the dynamics of boundary expansion, queering and dissolution. The book suggests that religion can be both a 'bright' and a 'blurry' boundary, while examining how religious identities intersect with ethnicity and gender. It also includes the significance of the categories of gender and generation, and their intersection with ethnicity in the context of the official London St Patrick's Day Festival.

Fidelma Ashe

specific chapter, usually dedicated to examining the position of women in an ethnically divided society.4 This creates the impression that gender and feminism have little explanatory value beyond tracing and charting ‘women’s issues’. Zalewski contends that this means that gender becomes treated as a separate sphere of politics in relation to the ongoing ethno-nationalist antagonism in Northern Ireland. She claims that feminist work and feminist frameworks can be applied to Northern Irish politics in a broader fashion. For example, feminist theory can be utilised to

in Northern Ireland after the troubles
Simone de Beauvoir and a Global Theory of Feminist Recognition
Monica Mookherjee

cosmopolitan feminist theory of recognition seems timely. While the term ‘cosmopolitanism’ has been understood in different ways, 1 in essence the movement entails a shift away from normative political theory's usual emphasis on the nation-state. That is, cosmopolitans claim that all individuals in the world count as objects of moral concern, with their geopolitical, cultural

in Recognition and Global Politics
Parvati Nair and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla

. Hence, subjectivity has been a crucial concern for cultural theory in general and, more relevant in the context of this volume, feminist theory for the past decades. If psychoanalysis is the epistemological framework, par excellence, which rationalises how subjectivity is perceptually and cognitively constituted, other important theoretical paradigms, including Marxist theory, post-colonial theory, feminism or even post

in Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers
Tami Amanda Jacoby

two main responses to the gendered structures of war, responses that correspond to the mainstreaming versus independence debate in feminist theory ( Jacoby, 2000 ). On the one hand, Israeli women have waged an arduous struggle for equal access to the ‘right to fight’. In Israel, women undergo compulsory conscription but have not, until recently, entered the last bastion of male exclusivity in the state

in Redefining security in the Middle East
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Peter Barry

accepts, or resists, or in some way finesses that view. The poem is externally focalised, meaning that the woman in the centre, who is being peeped at by punters and readers alike, is not the ‘speaker’, but the ‘spoken about’, and is referred to as ‘she’. As a way of reading this poem with theory, we might begin by drawing upon works of art history, art theory, literary theory, film theory or feminist theory. For example, The Nude: A Study in Ideal Art (1956) by the art critic Kenneth Clark (1903–83) is one relevant and highly influential text in art history. In writing

in Reading poetry
Leah Modigliani

representation of sex. While the intersubjective exchange between the artist’s physical body and that of the viewer would be the site of many artists’ challenges to the modern [and formalist] myth of a disinterested and purposeful Kantian aesthetic, the overtly political site of theoretical discourse would be another. Writing about The Destroyed Room in 1980, Dan Graham described the influence of psychoanalytical feminist theory on Wall’s work: ‘Wall’s work alludes to, but undermines (in not providing a fetish image to mask the representation of woman as castrated, as lack

in Engendering an avant-garde
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Sarah Browne

ongoing in the WLM in Britain about how to take the movement forward including a focus on structure, feminist ideologies and sexualities. This chapter analyses these debates in order to consider how feminists in Scotland interpreted international discussions of feminist theory. It first of all describes the forums where debates occurred before focusing on the debates themselves. In doing so it shows that, while debates were quite similar in the Scottish movement to elsewhere in the UK, there were additional issues, which have not received as much attention in the

in The women’s liberation movement in Scotland
Tim Woods

by men, as well as addressing the need for an African feminist criticism. She lists four major areas that need addressing at the crux of modern African feminist theory: first, the development of the canon of African women writers; second, the examination of stereotyped images of women in African literature; third, the study of African women writers and the oral tradition; and, fourth, the study of

in African pasts