Mary Devenport O'Neill: writing the Free State

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dc.contributor.advisor Coughlan, Patricia en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Connor, Maureen en
dc.contributor.author Pomeroy, Laura Mernie
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-15T12:46:35Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation Pomeroy, L. M. 2016. Mary Devenport O'Neill: writing the Free State. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3786
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores Mary Devenport O’Neill’s (1879-1967) writing in its contemporary aesthetic contexts and considers its role in the culture of the Free State in the 1930s and 1940s. There has hitherto been no extensive examination of Devenport’scomplete work. I ask how her writing and artistic status within her social milieu represents her cultural and political position, or more specifically, how women’s creativity manifested itself within a predominantly masculinist nationalist system. Devenport’s roles as poet, playwright, hostess of a literary salon and wife of education minister and author Joseph O’Neill placed her at the centre of intellectual debate during the years of the Irish Free State. Her poetry and verse-plays appeared in Irish literary magazines throughout the ‘30s and ‘40s, most regularly in The Dublin Magazine, as well as being broadcast on Radio Éireann and performed by the Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre. Her single volume of poetry, Prometheus and Other Poems (1929) was published by Jonathan Cape, and she also collaborated with her husband on a verse-play. I have used contemporary sources -- letters, memoirs, and archives -- to assemble information about Devenport’s cultural associations, as well as her aims and ambitions. I establish her strategies for aesthetic, intellectual and ideological articulation in her writing, analysing her as a distinctively modernist poet, noting influences and parallels from modernist writing internationally. I examine Devenport as a woman writer and consider how her writing may be seen as a precursor for some later Irish women’s work. This case study of Devenport’s writing also draws on contemporary feminist discussion and methodological approaches to previously neglected women’s writing. Throughout, my analysis shows how Devenport’s work is aesthetically significant in its own right and merits far wider dissemination than it has yet received. en
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dc.language English en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Laura Mernie Pomeroy. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Irish women poets en
dc.subject Irish literature en
dc.subject Feminist literary history en
dc.subject Irish women playwrights en
dc.subject Women's writing in the Irish Free State en
dc.subject 1930s & 1940s poetry en
dc.subject Modernist Irish writers en
dc.title Mary Devenport O'Neill: writing the Free State en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school English en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
dc.thesis.opt-out true
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2016 en


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