This Independent Study builds upon the existing historiography surrounding Anglo-Irish relations, the Irish revolutionary period and women’s militant agency in Irish republican movements. Women played an integral part in the Irish revolutionary period, and Countess Constance Markievicz was one of the most prominent militant republican women of the time. Through the analysis of many newspapers of the Irish revolutionary era and their portrayal of Markievicz, as well as a study of her personal gendered portrayal of herself in her private prison letters, this IS shows that both the public and private spheres negotiated her gender in different ways, depending on which gendered persona would best benefit their needs. Looking at the public and private gendered depictions of such a complicated revolutionary figure not only highlights her own individual agency, but also calls into question the narrative surrounding Irish republican women and their agency in the press of the time, and in the current historiography.
Walsh, Natalie, "The Lady or the Tramp: An Analysis of the Public and Private Gendered Representation of Countess Constance Markievicz" (2018). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8023.
History of Gender | Military History | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Political History | Women's History | Women's Studies
Constance Markievicz, The Easter Rising, Gendered Representation in Press, Early 20th Century Ireland, Sinn Fein, ICA, Women in Irish Politics, Women in the Irish Revolutionary Period
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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