Women on the Move: Mobility in Evelyn Conlon's Fiction

M. Teresa Caneda-Cabrera
2017 Estudios Irlandeses  
This article explores the representation of women's mobility in Evelyn Conlon's fiction and focuses on texts in which the female protagonists are depicted as "women on the move" and coded as transgressors and trespassers. The article discusses Conlon's fiction of mobility in the light of patterns of displacement and dislocation which are recurrent in the novels and stories analyzed. Although the writer consistently disrupts unified patriarchal narratives of "at-homeness", the article argues
more » ... article argues that her works expose also the need for connection and continuity and, thus, embody a reformulation of more open forms of belonging and a proposal for more inclusive identity paradigms. Resumen. Este artículo analiza la representación de la movilidad de las mujeres en la ficción de Evelyn Conlon y presta especial atención a aquellos textos en los que las protagonistas aparecen caracterizadas como mujeres en continuo movimiento y son retratadas como transgresoras. El artículo examina la movilidad en la ficción de la escritora irlandesa a la luz de las nociones de desplazamiento y dislocación recurrentes en las obras seleccionadas. A pesar de que Conlon fractura de modo consistente los relatos patriarcales sobre la identidad, el artículo mantiene que su ficción expone también la necesidad de conexión y continuidad constituyendo, por lo tanto, una reformulación de paradigmas identitarios más tolerantes y propuestas de pertenencia más inclusivas. Palabras clave. Evelyn Conlon, movilidad, mujeres irlandesas, identidad, Irlanda, ficción contemporánea, escritura subversiva In his introduction to Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto, Stephen Greenblatt contends that certain cultures engage routinely in celebratory performances of their authenticity and cultural legitimacy through rituals and discourses which are often identified with the notion of "athomeness" (2010: 3) and presented as "the necessary condition for a robust cultural identity" M. Teresa Caneda-Cabrera is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Vigo, Spain. She sits on the Editorial Board of European Joyce Studies and has published extensively on Joyce, modernism and translation. Her current research focuses on transnationalism, foreignness and mobility in relation to Contemporary Irish Fiction.
doi:10.24162/ei2017-6777 fatcat:famwfadnczbchccgamctszpasm