‘Womanish epistles?’ Martha McTier, female epistolarity and late eighteenth-century Irish radicalism

  title={‘Womanish epistles?’ Martha McTier, female epistolarity and late eighteenth-century Irish radicalism},
  author={Catriona Kennedy},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  pages={649 - 667}
  • C. Kennedy
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • History
  • Women's History Review
Abstract This article examines the epistolary practice of Martha McTier, the sister of the Ulster Presbyterian radical and founding member of the United Irishmen, William Drennan. Drawing on literary analyses of the eighteenth-century epistolary form and Jürgen Habermas's account of the development of the public sphere, it argues that through her personal correspondence McTier was able to construct herself as a political subject, engaging in the oppositional discourse of the radical public… 
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