Edited by Sally Barr Ebest and Kathleen McInerney
Foreword by Caledonia Kearns
In a series of critical and biographical essays, Too Smart to Be Sentimental offers a feminist literary history of twentieth-century Irish America. This collection introduces the reader to the works of twelve contemporary Irish American women writers, some of whom are well known, such as Joyce Carol Oates, Alice McDermott, and Tess Gallagher, and some of whom are equally deserving of recognition.
Each chapter focuses on a particular writer, describes and discusses that writer’s most important works, contextualizes the discussion with relevant biographical material, and highlights why the writer is representative of the Irish American literary tradition. Too Smart to Be Sentimental—the first critical study of contemporary Irish American women authors—will be invaluable to students and scholars of Irish studies and Irish American literature.
Contributors: Caledonia Kearns, Sally Barr Ebest, Patricia Keefe Durso, John M. Menaghan, Kathleen McInerney, Beatrice Jacobson, Mary Ann Ryan, Susana Araujo, Patricia Gott, Kathleen Ann Kremins, Susana Hoeness-Krupsaw, and Amy Lee.
“These personal, thoughtful, and authoritative essays make an original contribution. They are of significance for scholars in several related disciplines: contemporary American fiction, Irish American literature, sociology, ethnic studies, Irish studies, and women’s studies.” — Thomas A. Kuhlman, Creighton University
“This critical study of contemporary Irish American women writers, the first of its kind, offers a literary history of Irish America in the 20th century from a feminist perspective. . . . Scholarly and insightful essays.” — Library Journal
“The book is a collection of essays that introduce the works of twelve contemporary Irish-American women writers. Some of the writers, like Joyce Carol Oates and Alice McDermott, are well-known, while others, such as Elizabeth Cullinan, whose work is currently out of print, are equally deserving of recognition.” — The Beverly Review