Abstract. This paper examines and evaluates representations of problematic sisterly relationships in twentieth-century Irish women's stories which display an emphasis on ambivalence and sibling rivalry. The paper is based primarily on the literary output of Mary Lavin, Clare Boylan, Moy McCrory, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Jan Kennedy, Mary Morrissy and Claire Keegan. The paper seeks, by reference both to feminist studies and Irish women's short stories, to demonstrate the consequences and causes of a divided sisterho…
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