Publication Announcement: Two new series on Irish women’s writing from EER Press and the Irish Women’s Writing Network.

EER Press and the Irish Women’s Writing Network are delighted to announce two new series on Irish women’s writing. Titles will reflect the current wealth of innovative critical, biographical, archival, and historical research on writing by Irish women from 1800 onward, considering both under-examined writers and fresh approaches to more familiar bodies of work.

Key Irish Women Writers offers critical introductions to key Irish women writers written by expert scholars.  Combining major figures such as Maria Edgeworth, Augusta Gregory and Elizabeth Bowen with lesser-known figures, the series focuses on the long 19th century and the first half of the 20th, and sets out to offer comprehensive accounts of significant individual careers by the foremost critics in the field. Scholarly yet accessible, these studies marry original scholarship and an overview of the often scattered extant critical approaches to an author with considerations of key texts and contexts, biographical outlines and up-to-date bibliographies.

The first four volumes in Key Irish Women Writers are:

Maria Edgeworth by Clíona Ó Gallchoir

Elizabeth Bowen by Heather Ingman

Jane Wilde by Eibhear Walshe,

Kate O’Brien by Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka

Irish Women Writers: Texts and Contexts presents annotated critical editions of forgotten or neglected work by women from the long nineteenth century and early to mid-twentieth century which is out of print, uncollected, unpublished, or unavailable via digital platforms.

The first volumes to appear are:

Ethel Colburn Mayne: Selected Stories, edited by Elke D’hoker

Ethel Colburn Mayne (Johnstown 1865 – Torquay 1941) made her debut as a writer with a short story in The Yellow Book in 1895 and would go on to publish novels, story collections, biographies, literary criticism and translations, first from her parents’ home in Cork and, after 1905, from London. Her greatest achievement is within the genre of the short story, where she combines sensitive psychological insight with acute social observation and critique. This collection offers a selection of stories from the six collections Mayne published between 1898 and 1923. The selection showcases various concerns of Mayne’s writing, with a focus on stories that have an Irish setting and/or characters.

Hannah Lynch’s Girl Rebels: ‘A Girl Revolutionist’ and ‘Marjory Maurice’, edited by Kathryn Laing

Hannah Lynch (Dublin 1859 – Paris 1904) was the author of feminist fiction, travel writing and journalism. Her  short story for girls, ‘A Girl Revolutionist’ (1899) and serialised novella, ‘Marjory Maurice’ (1884-85), were based on her own experiences as an active member of the Ladies’ Land League (1881-1882).  The stories in this volume will be a vital resource for readers and scholars interested in Hannah Lynch, (Irish) New Girl and New Woman fiction, the Ladies’ Land League, literary representations of the land wars, nineteenth century periodical and newspaper culture and history.

Forthcoming titles include:

Rosa Mulholland (1841-1921), Feminist, Victorian, Catholic and Patriot, edited by James H. Murphy

Series editors:
Sinéad Mooney (De Montfort University) and Kathryn Laing (Mary Immaculate College, UL)

Advisory Board:

Heidi Hansson
Margaret Kelleher
Gerardine Meaney
James H. Murphy

Proposals are invited for both series.