Actresses and Activists
For the women fighting for nationalism, suffrage and socialism in early twentieth century Ireland, performance was more than an artistic hobby or a commercial enterprise. It was also a laboratory for individual and societal transformation among Irish nationalist women of diverse classes, skills and ideological beliefs. Using specific examples of performers and their practices, this paper considers how activism informed women's politics and art, and how the social and artistic networks forged among these women and their allies influenced twentieth century politics and theatre in Ireland and beyond.
About the Irish Studies Seminar
The Newberry Library Irish Studies Seminar brings together scholars to advance understanding of Irish culture both nationally and globally. The Irish Studies Seminar is supported by Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mahoney and Christine and Michael Pope, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, and the DePaul University Irish Studies Program.