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Dr Heather Ingman, B.A. (London), Ph.D. (London), Ph.D. (Loughborough)Adjunct Professor

Research and Teaching Interests

My main areas of interest for both teaching and research are women's writing, Irish writing, and modernism. In HT I teach courses relating to twentieth-century women's writing, modernism and Irish women's writing, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am particularly interested in Irish women's short stories, the theme of nation and gender in Irish women's fiction, the mother-daughter relationship in twentieth-century women's fiction, and in the theme of spirituality in women's writing. I give a series of lectures to SF on twentieth-century women's writing. Authors covered include Virginia Woolf, Margaret Drabble, Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson. My Sophister option focuses on female modernist writing, including Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth Bowen. In most years, I teach an option on feminist literary theory and Irish women's fiction to Masters students in the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies.

My publications include:

  • Women's Fiction Between the Wars: Mothers, Daughters and Writing (Edinburgh University Press, 1998)

  • Mothers and Daughters: A Literary Anthology (Edinburgh University Press, 1999)

  • Women's Spirituality in the Twentieth Century: an exploration through fiction (Peter Lang, 2004)

  • Twentieth-Century Fiction by Irish Women (Ashgate, 2007)

  • A History of the Irish Short Story (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

  • Irish Women's Fiction from Edgeworth to Enright (Irish Academic Press, 2013)

I am currently co-editing A History of Irish Women's Writing for Cambridge University Press. I have published chapters on the mother-daughter story in Irish novels in Women's Writing in Western Europe: Gender, Generation and Legacy eds. Adalgisa Giorgio and Julia Waters (Cambridge Scholars, 2007), on Kate O'Brien in Identity and Cultural Translation: Writing across the Borders of Englishness eds. Ana Gabriela Macedo and Margarida Pereira (Peter Lang, 2006), Masculinities in Mary Lavin's Short Stories, in Mary Lavin ed. Elke D'hoker (Irish Academic Press, 2013), 'Aliens: London in Irish Women's Writing’ in Irish Writing in London: Volume 2 ed. Tom Herron (Bloomsbury, 2013), 'Religion and the Occult in Women's Modernism' in The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers ed. Maren Linett (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

I have published articles on women's writing in periodicals such as The Year's Work in English, Irish University Review and Irish Studies Review. I have reviewed for academic journals and regularly give conference papers on aspects of women’s writing. Authors covered include Virginia Woolf, Kate O'Brien, Edna O'Brien, Maeve Brennan, Elizabeth Bowen, Jennifer Johnston, Mary Lavin and George Egerton.

I have recently supervised three now completed Ph.D theses on women's writing: a comparative study of Irish and Italian women writers in the nineteenth-century (jointly supervised with the Italian department), women's travel writing in the inter-war period, and Amy Lowell in the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies.


Professor Heather Ingman
Room 4026
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: + 353 1 896 1515

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