Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland by Sarah Sheehan, Ann Dooley (eds.)

By Sarah Sheehan, Ann Dooley (eds.)

Medieval Irish texts exhibit targeted and unforeseen buildings of gender. developing Gender in Medieval eire illuminates those rules via its clean and provocative re-readings of quite a lot of texts, together with saga, romance, criminal texts, Fenian narrative, hagiography, and ecclesiastical verse.

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I have standardized the Irish spelling. McCone, Pagan Past and Christian Present, 221. 24. 38. 16–18. Breatnach, “On Satire and the Poet’s Circuit,” 34. Binchy, “Bretha Crólige,” 26–27 (§32). 18–20. I am indebted to Eibhl í n Ní Fhallamhain, NUI Galway, for this reference. ” 38 M ÁIRÍN NÍ DHONNCH A DH A 58. On mid see Kelly, “The Earliest Words for ‘Horse,’” 53–55. 59. Thurneysen, “Tochmarc Ailbe,” 260. 60. O’Rahilly, “Notes, Mainly Etymological,” 150. v. “ammait”. 61. Binchy, Corpus Iuris Hibernici, 2:519, ll.

How many different discourses concerning travelers can be identified in written sources, and in what ways are the tropes of one discourse related to or continuous with those of another? What are the historical particularities informing and altering the discourse of any one time or place? Many questions present themselves, and while none of them is easily answered, it is clear that Irish travelers and their settled counterparts constitute an interesting subject for further study. Notes 1. Keating (Séathrún Céitinn), Forus Feasa ar Éirinn: The History of Ireland, 3:263.

Apart from outright condemnation of women whose behavior as regards space and traveling was no different from men’s, one index of gender expectations, there are more subtle ones to be considered. One is the terminology used to describe such women, of which more will be said later. In reality, women did not appear to have had the capacity to sustain careers as warriors, marauders, or battle-leaders, and references to solitary peregrinae and eremitical women are few and far between. There are occasional accounts of remarkable strength or violence on the part of women outside the domestic sphere, but these tend to be fantastical and to have expressive connotations of indulgence, ridicule, or scorn.

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