Galway women in the nineteenth century /
Maureen Langan-Egan.
Dublin : Open Air, c1999.
172 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
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Dublin : Open Air, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-158) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-07-01:
Langan-Egan's short study of Galway County and city is a useful accession to the growing list of historical studies of Irish women by authors such as Joannna Bourke, Maria Luddy, and Margaret MacCurtain. As a rewritten doctoral dissertation, it bears many of the characteristics of such works, including exhaustive mining of sources and massive assemblage of detail, but also repetition and monotonous prose. Langan-Egan (National Univ. of Ireland, Galway) focuses most on the midcentury era of famine and emigration, least on the 1880s and '90s. Arranged topically, the book treats, among other subjects, employment, diet, marriage and widowhood, education, migration/emigration, and crime, and there is an impressive analytical chapter. A valuable feature is the fine collection of period illustrations. Among Langan-Egan's findings are the relative prosperity of Galway fisherfolk (with photographic evidence), the economic success of many women--especially emigrants--unencumbered by husbands, and the omnipresence of violence in the lives of Galway women (and no doubt other 19th-century Irish women). Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. M. Cregier; University of Prince Edward Island
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This study examines the living conditions of women in 19th century Galway, the nature of society and the experience of the Great Famine, emigration and migration and crime.
Main Description
This study makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the life experiences of women in the 19th century, It delineates changes in society, as in the provision of education which led to the feminization of the teaching profession and the changes in religious practice. The book traces the increasing limitation in the lives of the elusive women of Irish society, whose poorer members were haunted by the spectres of poverty, the poorhouse and the pauper's grave.
Unpaid Annotation
This book tells the story of women's lives in Galway in the nineteenth century mainly through the evidence of official reports.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 9
The Necessities of Lifep. 15
Employmentp. 15
Housingp. 25
Clothingp. 36
Foodp. 43
The Nature of Societyp. 53
Marriagep. 53
Unmarried Mothersp. 61
Widowsp. 67
Religionp. 75
Educationp. 85
Distressp. 108
Distress and Faminep. 108
Migration and Emigrationp. 129
Women and Crimep. 135
Epiloguep. 147
Notesp. 155
Sourcesp. 157
List of Illustrationsp. 160
Indexp. 161
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