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James Holden: The satisfaction of short stories

I’ve just finished reading The Granta Book Of The Irish Short Story. It’s a cracking anthology, and has introduced me to some writers that I want to investigate further – especially Maeve Brennan (her entry is… 537 more words



“Whom to marry, and when will it happen–these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice … even if the answers are nobody and never.” – Spinster… 417 more words

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Why I'm No Longer Scared of the Term "Spinster"

I’m thirty-one years old.
I live on my own.
I do not own a cat.
I am not in a relationship.
And up until I read Kate Bolick’s memoir, I have feared that I will become a spinster. 858 more words

MA Thesis: Literature Review

My thesis will focus on ideologies of marriage as represented in Maeve Brennan’s stories of the Derdon and Bagot families in her collection The Springs of Affection… 1,001 more words


Reflection on Textualities Conference 2015

The mini-conference held by MA English students of UCC went (almost) without a hitch on the 27th of February 2015. After rising early to make a brief appearance on the airwaves of UCC’s radio to publicise the event along with Margaux and Elaine (Listen here:  433 more words


In Preparation for Textualities

As the date for the MA conference to be held in UCC looms just around the corner, this entry will present some of the topics I hope to discuss as part of my 6 minute, 40 second PechaKucha style presentation (20 presentation slides timed to 20 seconds each). 281 more words

UCC School Of English

The History of Irish Short Fiction.

To begin, I’ll give a very brief (and a largely generalising) summary of two texts, The Lonely Voice and A History of the Irish Short story. 797 more words