Ailbhe Smyth

Life
Feminist author and critic; ‘That is how men like to imagine her, and she has no space, no voice, no right to imagine herself differently - or even to imagine at all. As symbol, “women” is allowed no history, no story, no capacity for change - she is a given. Her particularity is overwhelmed by the primary demands of the nation. To be free, therefore, Irish women must find some wys of extricating themselves from the double burden of patricarchy and colonisation, whether consciously identified or not. (Ailbhe Smith, ‘Ireland’, in Claire Buck, ed., Bloomsbury Guide it Women’s Literature, Bloomsbury 1992, p.40.)

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