Irish Feminist Futures
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
This book is about the future: Ireland’s future and feminism’s future, in a moment that has recently passed. The Celtic Tiger (circa 1995–2008) was a time of extraordinary and radical change, in which Ireland’s economic, demographic, and social structures underwent significant alteration.
Conceptions of the future are powerfully prevalent in women’s cultural production in the Tiger era, where it surfaces as a form of temporality that is open to – and welcomes – surprise, change, and the unknown. Examining a range of literary, filmic, and critical texts by Irish women, Irish Feminist Futures analyzes how futurity structures representations of the feminine self in Irish women’s cultural practice during the Tiger period. Bracken shows that, taken together, these representations create a viable feminist theory in the midst of a late capitalist culture which regards feminism as irrelevant and outdated, creating a 'new' feminism for a 'new' Ireland.
This book will appeal to students and scholars of Irish studies, Irish feminist criticism, sociology, cultural studies, literature, women's studies, gender studies, Deleuzean studies, and feminist theory.
1. Interrogating the Subject 2. Becoming Selves: Desubjectification and Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing 3. Remembering the Future 4. Mothers That Matter 5. Nomadism, Intersectionality, and Ethical Accountability. Conclusion