Estudios Irlandeses Special Issue: Gender Issues in Contemporary Irish Literature


Gender Issues in Contemporary Irish Literature aims to complement the publication of previous rigorously multidisciplinary investigations of Irish studies from gender and other theoretical perspectives since the late 1990s. The book consists of 11 articles that approach the representation of gender issues by various fe/male authors from the Republic of Ireland from a wide variety of perspectives, namely, ecofeminism, new materialism, translation, gay studies, feminism, aesthetic ideology, masculinity studies, formalism, narratology, discourse analysis, and satire theory. They seek to address a wide range of gender issues in both literature and film in a multifaceted manner. The issue is divided into three sections. The works under examination in the first two parts are organized in chronological order. In the near future, it would be very interesting to pursue further projects on gender issues in contemporary literature from Northern Ireland as a part of the United Kingdom or to compare gender issues in contemporary Irish literature from north and south, since that position would provide a clarifying frame for the issue. The third section closes the issue with two reflective pieces by the talented young writer Rob Doyle and the renowned short-story writer and novelist Evelyn Conlon.

The issue assembles a varied group of scholars whose essays ensure deep and wide coverage and highlight significant thought and areas of debate. More concretely, it seeks to highlight the particular contribution that the study of contemporary Irish literature and film has made, and continues to make, to gender issues. By attending to the relationships between material and filmic texts of different genres, such as prose writing, theatre, the epistemological novel, the Bildungsroman, and dystopian fiction by a large number of contemporary Irish writers both male and female, and film directors, the collection sheds light on questions related to working-class issues, environmental ethics, human epistemology, identity, migration, feminism, political correctness, the body, the value of attending closely to aesthetic forms, and the ethical implications concerning gender issues.

Gender Issues in Contemporary Irish Literature seeks to assist both established and new scholars of gender to come to terms with the full extent of Irish studies advances.


Melania Terrazas is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at the University of La Rioja (Spain) and Head of the Centre of Irish Studies BANNA/BOND (EFACIS) at the University of La Rioja. She is the author of Relational Structures in Wyndham Lewis’s Fiction: Complexity and Value (Lincom Europa, 2005) and helped set up the Wyndham Lewis Project websites. She has published essays on Applied Linguistics (vocabulary knowledge and motivation) and extensively on British Modernism and a large number of Irish authors and film directors. She is on the Executive Board of AEDEI (The Spanish Association for Irish Studies) and was the editor of Journal of English Studies for many years. At present, she is editing a volume on trauma and identity issues in contemporary Irish culture. (E-mail:; Twitter: @Tendenera;@Aedei; Facebook:;