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Professor Heather Ingman

Adjunct Professor, School of English

I originally taught in the French Department in Trinity College, Dublin before going to Hull University where I researched and taught twentieth-century women's writing. Since returning to Ireland in 2000, my publications and teaching have been mostly in the area of Irish women's writing. I am particularly interested in inter war women's fiction, 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.

Research Interests

I participated in a five-year project supported by the British Academy, European Intertexts, studying women's writing as part of a European fabric. I have published numerous 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, Rose Macaulay and George Egerton. I have supervised Ph.Ds on women's writing and been external examiner for Ph.Ds in Hull University and the University of Miami. I have been invited to give two plenary lectures on Irish women's writing at international conferences in 2012.

Selected publications


  • 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: Nation and Gender (Ashgate, 2007).
  • A History of the Irish Short Story (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Book Chapters

  • '"Like Shakespeare," she added..."or isn't it?": Shakespearean Echoes in Elizabeth Bowen's Portrait of Ireland,' Shakespeare and the Irish Writer eds. Janet Clare and Stephen O'Neill, University College Dublin Press, 2010, pp. 153-65.
  • 'Religion and the Occult in Women's Modernism', The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 187-202.
  • 'The Evolution of the Mother-Daughter Story in Irish Women's Fiction: from abject to artist' Women's Writing in Western Europe: Gender, Generation and Legacy (eds) A. Giorgio and J. Waters, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp. 186-199.
  • 'Maternal Subjectivities: a Kristevan Reading of Two Autobiographies by Irish Women', The Personal to the Political: Towards A New Theory Of Maternal Narrative, Susquehanna University Press 2009, pp. 225-37.


At undergraduate level, I teach courses relating to twentieth-century women's writing. Authors covered include Virginia Woolf, Margaret Drabble, Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson. At both undergraduate and postgraduate level I teach courses on Irish women's writing covering such writers as Elizabeth Bowen, Kate O'Brien, Edna O'Brien, Deirdre Madden and Anne Enright. I give seminars on Irish women's writing to Irish Studies students and I run an option on Irish Women's Writing for the MPhil in Irish Writing as well as teaching an option on feminist literary theory to Masters students in the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies.

Contact Details

Professor Heather Ingman, School of English,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2


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