In this study, Meaney analyzes the role of gender in Irish cultural change from the 1890s to the present. Including discussions of writers such as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and Eavan Boland, the first part looks at the relationships between gender and national identities and the recognized major political and cultural movements of the twentieth century. The second critiques contemporary film, television, and popular music in order to understand new modes of writing, reading and viewing Irishness.
Gerardine Meaney is Professor of Cultural Theory at UCD Dublin and the author of (Un)Like Subjects: Women, Theory, Fiction.