Week 2: Lost Lives in ‘Wife to James Whelan’ by Teresa Deevy
'Too old I am – older than I should be by right’ grumbles Kate in Teresa Deevy’s ‘Wife to James Whelan’, a play concerned with the lack of opportunities available to Irish women in the mid-1900s.
Written in 1937, when the Catholic Church and Irish state had unequivocally dictated that women’s place was within the home and her role was that of mother, Wife to James Whelan depicts the struggle of two young women within a society that seeks to circumscribe the phases of their lives.
In this talk, Dr Una Kealy reflects on Deevy’s suggestion in Wife to James Whelan that, while degrees of freedom and autonomy were possible for women in 1930s Ireland, such independence extracted a high personal price.
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