The Cuala Press: Women, publishing, and the conflicted genealogies of 'feminist publishing'

Murray, S (2004) The Cuala Press: Women, publishing, and the conflicted genealogies of 'feminist publishing'. Women's Studies International Forum, 27 5/6: 489-506. doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2004.09.005


Author Murray, S
Title The Cuala Press: Women, publishing, and the conflicted genealogies of 'feminist publishing'
Journal name Women's Studies International Forum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-5395
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.wsif.2004.09.005
Volume 27
Issue 5/6
Start page 489
End page 506
Total pages 18
Editor C. Zmroczek
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
420303 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
751004 The media
Abstract The Cuala Press, a fine art press run by Elizabeth Yeats around Dublin during the first half of the twentieth century, has long been recognised amongst scholars of Irish literature and history. But the press has been analysed almost exclusively through the interpretative lenses of poet W.B. Yeats, the Yeats family, and the Irish Renaissance. The article challenges such received understandings of Cuala by considering the press as a gendered publishing enterprise: one run by a woman, employing only women, and designed to create work and economic independence for Irish working girls. Through examining the origins of Cuala, the locus of editorial power within the press, and Cuala's complexly ambivalent relationship with modernist Irish suffrage and nationalist women's networks, the article situates the post-1970 feminist publishing boom within a historical trajectory. It suggests that scholarly knowledge of women's publishing history may be crucially dependent upon the health of contemporary feminist presses. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Women's Studies
Q-Index Code C1

 
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