UPDATE: Contemporary Irish-American Women Writers (9/1/03; collection)

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Too Smart to be Sentimental:

The Fiction of Contemporary Irish American Women Writers


Sally Barr Ebest and Kathleen McInerney, Editors


Where are the contemporary Irish-American women novelists in Irish =
Studies? Why is no one writing about them? Daniel Casey and Robert =
Rhodes' (1979) edited collection, Irish-American Fiction: Essays in =
Criticism, featured women in two out of ten chapters. Eleven years =
later, Charles Fanning's (1990) The Irish Voice in America, mentioned =
popular novelists Colleen McCullough, Joan Bagnell, Carol O'Brien Blum, =
and Caryl Rivers; discussed the works of Elizabeth Savage, Elaine Ford, =
Susanna Moore, Diana O'Hehir, Mary Gordon, and Ellen Currie; and paid =
tribute to Elizabeth Cullinan and Maureen Howard. Little has been done =

We propose to fill this gap. We are soliciting 15-20 page essays which =
introduce the works of contemporary Irish American women novelists to =
readers inside and outside the academy. Eschewing jargon, these essays =
should describe the authors' key works, draw on relevant criticism, =
discuss how they represent Irish American voices, and, whenever =
possible, contextualize this information by including an interview with =
the author. =20


Preliminary Table of Contents


Maeve Brennan, by John Menaghan

Elizabeth Cullinan, by Kathleen McInerney

Mary Doyle Curran, by Jules Chametzky

Emma Donohue, by Stacia Bensyl

Gabrielle Donnelly, by Gabrielle Donnelly

Tess Gallagher, by Mary Ann Ryan

Doris Kearns Goodwin, by Bridgette Gurry

Mary Gordon, by Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw

Lucy Grealy, by Megan Sullivan

Maureen Howard, by

Mary McCarthy, by Sally Barr Ebest

Alice McDermott, by Beatrice Jacobson

Mary McGarry Morris, by Patricia Gott

Erin McGraw, by Eileen Morgan

Joyce Carol Oates, by Susan Araujo

Anna Quindlen, by Connie Kirk

Maura Stanton, by Jacqueline McQueen


We are still soliciting essays on Jean McGarry, Eileen Myles, Kathleen =
Ford, Eileen Fitzgerald, Valerie Sayers, Colleen McCullough, Elizabeth =
Savage, Elaine Ford, Diana O'Hehir, and Ellen Currie. =20


Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2003 =20

For more information contact: sebest_at_umsl.edu or kmcinern_at_csu.ed

Kathleen McInerney, Ph.D.
Department of English and Speech
Willliams Science 320
Chicago State University
9501 S. ML King Drive
Chicago. IL 60628

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