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Title: Gender and genre in Northern Irish fiction : 1986-2010
Author: Davey, Maeve Eileen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 4711
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis focuses on depictions of gender in contemporary Northern Irish fiction, published between 1986-2010, and the ways in which these depictions subvert, or question the socially constructed nature of gender and invite the reader to interrogate the relationships between gender and the home, workplace, family, politics, and religion. I argue that Northern Ireland's history of civil and colonial violence has hampered the pursuit of gender equality within the state by reinforcing sectarian divisions and preventing the development of a united national identity. I am also interested in the relationship between gender and genre in contemporary Northern Irish fiction. The fact remains that there has been substantially more genre fiction written, published, sold and read in Northern Ireland and about Northern Ireland over the last thirty years than there has been literary fiction. The leading titles of popular women's fiction/chick lit and the crime/thriller hybrid genres are often translated into multiple languages and read by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of readers worldwide. Yet, Irish Studies has yet to engage in a sustained discussion of genre fiction, with these novels, particularly those which can be categorised as popular women's fiction, being effectively shunned, ignored or casually derided by critics. There are also questions to be raised as to the differing reception for books published in male-dominated genres and marketed in a male-oriented fashion compared to their popular women's fiction counterparts, which largely go unreviewed and almost deliberately unnoticed by critics. Finally, I consider how gender impacts on depictions of the body and ways to write about the physical in the contemporary northern novel. Intimately bound up with issues of religion and cultural conservatism as it is, my thesis argues that that the body should be central in contemporary northern writing which so often grapples with trying to subvert, undermine or make sense of Northern Ireland's politics, religion and cultural leanings.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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