Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Abstract

This thesis project focuses on the work of Edna O’Brien, an Irish author, as a pioneer in literature who uniquely represents the feminine perspective and voice, even while her books were banned and burned. The discussion notes O’Brien’s work as it addresses woman’s perceived place in Irish history as “muted” and powerless. In a close examination of her writing, The Country Girls Trilogy and House of Splendid Isolation specifically, are noted themes of isolation, the constraints of Catholicism, loneliness, and loss, as enduring realities for women in Ireland.

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