The Poetics of the Irish Feminine Narratives


  • Dr. Hana F. Khasawneh
  • Dr. Deema Khasawneh


The article underlines the importance of the Irish feminized narratives as they offer Irish female authors a place to engage with the discourses of the past and present and to chart the processes of social, cultural and national transformation. Within this literary tradition, the feminine narrative is usually an authentic narration involving feminine norms of social and political conformity, as well as, expressing her potential of the self. The prominence of the romantic narrative is a key constituent in national narratives and constructs a gendered nationalist narrative. In this article, sexual identity and national identity are mutually dependent. The stereotyped roles of Irish women as wives and mothers and their private functions which had no public dimension are portrayed by the state and the media. The article asserts that even when Irish females are restricted to their traditional role as homemakers; they had crucial contribution in building the Irish nation, including the revival of Irish language and education of Irish history and literature to their children. The election of Mary Robinson as 7th President of Ireland serving from 1990-1997 has been welcomed by many as an indication of the breakdown of traditional image of Mother Ireland as a submissive wife. The celebration of Robinson’s triumph is an evidence of a new feminine confidence and self-assertion. Such potential of self-consciousness and self-confidence supports women to affect change. The Irish feminized writing is a narrative mode in which the female protagonist is present yet not apparently central as the female author resists being identified as the heroine of her own work.