Title: ‘Motorcars, Mixed Marriages, and Modernisation: Reconsidering the Plays of D.V. Goode’
Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin
This presentation explores the three plays – Let Us Live, Practice and Precept, and The Firstborn – by D.V. Goode that are held in the Teresa Deevy Archive at NUI Maynooth. Up until now, it has been assumed that these plays date from the period 1914-1919 and that they may even be authored by Deevy’s sister, Josie. A case will be made that they are in fact from a much later period – from the 1930s at the earliest and may even date from the 1940s. Furthermore, it is argued that these are most likely authored by Teresa Deevy herself because of certain stylistic, linguistic and genre elements. If this is the case, then they provide us with important insights into her evolution as both a feminist intellectual and as a dramatist.
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Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin is a Lecturer in Communications at the University of Limerick. Her current research focusses on the cultural politics of the Irish Free State and on women’s intellectual, literary, diplomatic, and creative networks between 1880 and 1940. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Victorian Culture, Eire-Ireland, Irish University Review, Estudios Irlandeses, Women’s History Review, Dublin Review of Books, and on the platform of the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP). She is on the organising team of the Irish Women’s Writing Network 1880-1920. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3451-9428. Her professional profile is found here.