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“Feminist Literary Theory is an indispensable guide,companion and handbook for students and teachers of women’sliterature. No other anthology offers so many bite-sized tasters ofwork on gendered authorship, literary production, criticalreception, sexuality and genre – from romantic fiction totravel writing. Mary Eagleton’s clear and informativeintroductions contextualize the debates represented by eachextract, suggest connections between them and point to furtherreading. This Third Edition maintains and develops theirreplaceable breadth of the previous editions with several newpieces on such areas as autobiography, science fiction and bordertalk. The extra section, ‘Writing Glocal’, investigatesdynamically evolving dialogues between feminism andpostcolonialism, diaspora narratives and transculturalism. Whetheryou read from start to finish or choose to sample selectively, thisrich collection will expand your knowledge and understanding offeminist thought, both as an historical discipline and as anexcitingly relevant and progressive set of ideas.”
Jane Dowson, De Montfort University.

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Thetwo-volume Companion to Irish Literature covers anunprecedented historical range of Irish literature from the MiddleAges to the present day. Featuring nearly 60 original essayswritten by a distinguished cast of literary scholars, theCompanion explores poetry, drama, and fiction in bothEnglish- and Irish-language traditions. Volume One, dedicated toIrish literature from the medieval period to 1900, features essayson topics such as early modern annalists and nineteenth-centuryFamine writing, together with essays on canonical writers includingSwift, Morgan, Carleton, LeFanu, and Wilde. The second volumefollows the development of Irish literature through the twentiethcentury, covering key figures such as Joyce, Yeats, Synge, Beckett,Bowen, Friel, Heaney, Ní Dhomhnaill, McDonagh, and many more.The collection introduces readers to a range of contemporaryapproaches to Irish studies, from formalism to feminism, frombiographical criticism to queer theory, and from new historicism topostcolonial theory. A Companion to Irish Literature is aninvaluable and long-awaited resource to the sweeping scope ofIreland's rich literary history.

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