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Hannah Lynch by Faith Binckes, Kathryn Laing

Hannah Lynch 1859-1904: Irish writer, cosmopolitan, New Woman

Faith Binckes, Kathryn Laing

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Cork University Press
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publication date: 31 May 2019
ISBN: 9781782053330

This is the first full-length critical study of author, critic, and translator Hannah Lynch. It explores her writing and her life, in doing so shedding new light on women's cultural and political networks in Ireland and beyond.

4 stars out of 5
19 Sep 2020

"Lynch was witty, scabrous, principled, brave, adventurous, intelligent and certainly one of Ireland “most gifted” women. Binckes and Laing have done an immense service by restoring her to us"

The authors provide rich transcultural, political, and literary contexts for reading Lynch’s work and encourage a re-evaluation of canonical Irish writers like James Joyce, Thomas Moore and Yeats, as well as of modernists like Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf and George Meredith, a particularly important figure for Lynch. We are also introduced to lesser-known contemporaries of Lynch whose lives and careers offer revealing parallels, like Emily Crawford, Alice Corkran and Frances Low. The Lynch “case study” recognises the importance of women’s professional and affective networks in the development of an Irish intellectual of the early 20th century.

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