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Irish Women'S Writing, 1878-1922Advancing the Cause of Liberty$
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Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097584

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097584.001.0001

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Liberté, égalité, sororité: the poetics of suffrage in the work of Eva Gore-Booth and Constance Markievicz

Liberté, égalité, sororité: the poetics of suffrage in the work of Eva Gore-Booth and Constance Markievicz

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(p.209) 12 Liberté, égalité, sororité: the poetics of suffrage in the work of Eva Gore-Booth and Constance Markievicz
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Irish Women'S Writing, 1878-1922
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Lauren Arrington

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097584.003.0013

This chapter considers the poetry, drama and journalism of the Gore-Booth sisters, which articulated their individual attitudes to Irish nationality and their shared battle for sexual equality. Drawing on a wider discourse of suffrage that included the discourse of enslavement, both Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth looked to two forms of republicanism for a language in which to address suffrage: that of Revolutionary France and of the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798. The sisters also addressed gender similarly: While Eva Gore-Booth’s theosophical pursuits led her to the dual nature of humanity, Constance Markievicz’s writing reflects a belief in the flexibility of gender. These principles are essential to understanding the way in which both sisters develop a poetics of suffrage that complements their political activism.

Keywords:   Eva Gore-Booth, Constance Markievicz, Irish Citizen, Suffrage, Socialism, Women and political activism

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