Powerful women or patriarchal weapons? Two medieval Irish saints

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Title: Powerful women or patriarchal weapons? Two medieval Irish saints
Authors: Johnston, Elva
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8340
Date: 2001
Abstract: The history of medieval Irish women is elusive, despite a rich variety of textual sources. These are often normative rather than descriptive and are a predominantly male clerical product. This paper will examine the dossiers of two female saints, both from Co Cork. It will ask whether we can identify female aspirations and female voices in the literary celebration of their careers. Are they models of female empowerment or do their representations ultimately support male power structures.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Brepols
Keywords: Medieval women;Gender;Clerics;Saints;Cranat;Marriage;Brigit;Lucy;Masochism;Sadism;Canir;Senán of Inis Cathaig;Defence of women;Misogyny
DOI: 10.1484/J.Peri.3.440
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:History Research Collection

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