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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2020

Moyra Haslett
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Queen's University Belfast
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In this chapter, female homosocial relationships are explored as confident articulations of female identity and as suggestive models of political governance. Despite widespread anxiety about female-only assembly and scepticism regarding the virtues of female friendship, women writers in this period evidently found friendship between women to be a theme in which they could articulate and explore a range of feelings and emotions not otherwise sanctioned by their culture. The chapter considers a range of poetry and fiction – by Charlotte McCarthy, Margaret Goddard, Olivia Elder, Frances Sheridan and her daughter Elizabeth – in relation to differentially situated ideas of ‘sisterhood’ before turning to the ways in which Ireland came to be figured as a ‘sister’ kingdom to Britain in the later century, thus shaping the proto-feminism of earlier traditions in new, national formations.

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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Moyra Haslett, Queen's University Belfast
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108689045.002
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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Moyra Haslett, Queen's University Belfast
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108689045.002
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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Moyra Haslett, Queen's University Belfast
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108689045.002
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