The first biographical study of Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation order of nuns, that positions her within Irish social history, and assesses her vast international legacy. Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy draws on archival materials from three continents, providing a compelling account of how one woman’s extraordinary life challenged social constraints and championed social justice and equality.
Leading education historian, Deirdre Raftery, has produced not only a vital new biographical study of an exceptional Irish woman, but also a study of how thousands of Irish women joined the Presentation order of nuns and taught in their schools all over the world. Within that is the story of the Irish female diaspora in Newfoundland, India, North America, England, Australia, Africa and the Philippines.
Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy throws opens a new window on an unknown aspect of Irish social history, while also demonstrating Ireland’s significant contribution to the global history of female education.
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
Sources and referencing system
- Finding Nano: Researching an Enigmatic Irishwoman and Her Legacy
- Nano Nagle: Her Life and Times
- Founding and Funding: The Establishment of a Network of Irish Convents
- The Presentations in Newfoundland: The First Foundation Outside Ireland
- Presentation Education: Pupils and Pedagogy in the Nineteenth Century
- Schools for the Starving: Presentation Education Before and After the Great Famine
- The Presentation Sisters and Education in England
- The Presentation Sisters and Second-level Education in Ireland
- ‘Service to the kingdom’: Expansion in Britain
- The Global Reach of Presentation Education
About the Author
Deidre Raftery is Professor of the History of Education at UCD, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is author of many books including (jointly) Transnationalism, Gender and the History of Education (2017); Education, Identity and Women Religious, 1800–1950 (2016); Educating Ireland: Schooling and Social Change, 1700–2000 (2014), and History of Education: Themes and Perspectives (2013).