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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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‘She’s nothin’ but a shadda’: the politics of marriage in late Mulholland

‘She’s nothin’ but a shadda’: the politics of marriage in late Mulholland

(p.33) 2 ‘She’s nothin’ but a shadda’: the politics of marriage in late Mulholland
Irish Women'S Writing, 1878-1922

James H. Murphy

Manchester University Press

This chapter identifies an almost campaigning urgency in much of Rosa Mulholland’s fiction in the cause of women’s advancement, energised for much of her career by a progressive optimism. However, this chapter focuses on two late novels, The Return of Mary O’Murrough (1908) and Norah of Waterford (1915). Here the realism that accompanied the optimism of her earlier work gives way to a pessimism concerning the relationship between gender and economics as women struggle for happiness in a world where erotic love and marriage are tied in with material security.

Keywords:   Rosa Mulholland, Marriage market, Economics, Land War, Migration

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