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"Mother Ireland, get off our backs": Gender, Republicanism and State Politics in Prison Short Stories by Northern Irish Women Writers
Looking into prison short fiction, this article discusses how a number of Northern Irish women writers have challenged male-centred narratives of the Troubles. Mary Beckett, Frances Molloy and Brenda Murphy have created alternative discourses of political violence which differ from the dominant narratives of incarceration. They confront established discourses of masculinity and femininity by subverting social constructs of gender, particularly the models of the rebel-hero and Mother Irelanddoi:10.24162/ei2014-3923 fatcat:g3cdeblj3re5bi7l3mkz3aymwy