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The Banshees
A Literary History of Irish American Women Writers

Sally Barr Ebest

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3330-3    |    2013

ebook 978-0-8156-5240-3

"In following the changing lives of Irish American women through fiction writers, Ebest creates a composite picture of women dealing with the strictures of paternalistic religion and society."—Canadian Journal of Irish Studies

"The Banshees will undoubtedly resonate with the women who are reading and writing in the twenty-first century. It will be intriguing to watch how Irish-American women receive it, and how they use it to make and remake themselves."—New Hibernia Review

"This insightful volume will appeal to students of Irish literature, feminism, and 20th-century American sociopolitical history."—Library Journal

"Ambitious and sweeping in scope, Sally Barr Ebest’s The Banshees covers an impressive of range of journalists, novelists, memoirists, and cultural critics from the late 19th century through the 21st. Ebest considers the writers’ legacies outside the confines of the Irish American literary canon, within the contexts of American social evolution, second- and third-wave feminism, and the American Catholic Church."—Maureen Dezell, author of Irish America: Coming Into Clover

"The Banshees is both a celebration of the work of the Irish American Women Writers we know and a recovery of the work of the many talented writers whose work is either less well-known or has been lost. Sally Barr Ebest’s study is ambitious, timely and detailed, and is a most erudite, passionate, and persuasive study of Irish American Women Writers from 1900 to the present."—Eamonn Wall author of From the Sin-e Cade to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish

"This pioneering study of Irish American women writers from 1945 to the present demonstrates that their fiction has made a significant contribution to modern and contemporary American literature."—Maureen Murphy, Hofstra University

"The Banshees is notable for its intelligent coordination of the cultural history of feminism with the literature produced by a major ethnic group—Irish-American women."—Charles Fanning, author of The Irish Voice in America

"Strongly contextualized, historically specific, energetic and lively, this study offers a compelling account of Irish American women writers and writing."—Maria Luddy, author of Women In Ireland 1800–1918: A Documentary History

  The Banshees

Sally Barr Ebest   Sally Barr Ebest is professor of English and director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is the coeditor of Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism? Personal Reflections on Tradition and Change and Too Smart to Be Sentimental: Contemporary Irish American Women Writers.

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