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Title: Gender, nation and the sacred in the writings of Eva Gore-Booth
Author: Donaghy, Mary-Ellen
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis undertakes a study of esotericism in the writings of Eva-Gore-Booth in order to generate insights into the approach to gender refracted in her literary output and illuminate the way in which recourse to esoteric, religious and philosophical traditions enabled her to negotiate the issue of sexual difference in a way that challenged its mainstream conceptualizations. The progression of proto-ecological concerns in Gore-Booth's literary and theological writing, and the ways in which such concerns are interwoven with her feminist advocacy of movement beyond male-female categorisation, are also examined . Through consideration of Gore-Booth's ekphrastic texts, the thesis explores Gore-Booth's philosophy of art, elucidating the esoteric underpinnings of her concept of art's origin and function. Her engagement with, and anxieties about, the issue of didactic ism and the political in art are also examined. The thesis also interrogates Gore-Baath's relationship to the Irish Literary Revival and evaluates the impact on her writing of the First World War and the Easter Rising of 1916, illuminating the accompanying shift toward Christian Mysticism and elucidating the contours of a spiritual feminism that produced ' ''the first major lrish feminist theological work": A Psychological and Poetic Approach to the Study of Christ in the fourth Gospel (1923). Through the application of interdisciplinary frameworks, this thesis aims to encourage scholarly interest in the writings of Gore-Booth across a range of disciplines by suggesting the relevance of her work to those working in areas such as gender studies, ecocriticism, body studies, theology, visual studies and translation studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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