Ireland and Masculinities in History: An Introduction

  • Rebecca Anne BarrEmail author
  • Sean Brady
  • Jane McGaughey
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)


The introduction to this collection outlines previous scholarly work on Ireland, history, and masculinities. It gives an overview of the essays contained in the volume, contextualising their approaches within the broader field. While research on masculinities generally tends to vary depending on geographical focus, the dearth of historical work on Irish masculinities—and of genders and sexualities in general—is notable, especially when compared with the development of these areas in the historiography of the United States and Britain. This chapter suggests that the paucity of historical analyses of masculinity, when compared with other fields such as literature, cultural and film studies, is indicative not only of methodological conservatism in Irish historiography but also of a tendency to equate gender history with women’s history.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Anne Barr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sean Brady
    • 2
  • Jane McGaughey
    • 3
  1. 1.National University of IrelandGalwayIreland
  2. 2.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.School of Irish StudiesConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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