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Research Focus

My research focuses on the representation of female villainy, the aesthetics of crime scenes and the motives ascribed to female perpetrators of crime in contemporary French crime fiction. Working with a corpus that spans two decades, from 1998 to 2018, I seek to apply an intersectional feminist lens to novels which address feminist issues like sexual violence, motherhood, the gendered exercise of agency and accountability. I am keenly interested in the developing subgenre of domestic noir, and in the parallels and dissonances between the portrayal of criminal women in fiction and their treatment at the hands of the criminal justice system in real life. 

Research Interests

Crime Fiction

Female Villainy

Domestic Noir

Women & Crime

Gender Studies

Intersectional Feminist Theory



I am indebted to the Northern Bridge Consortium, whose scholarship funds my studies at Queen's University Belfast. 

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Alumni Scholarship 2017-2018

Gorman, Ciara (Recipient), 01 Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Distinction in French Language

    Gorman, Ciara (Recipient), 01 Oct 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 2 Participation in conference

    Delicate Infractions: International Crime Genre Research Group 8th Biennial Conference

    Ciara Gorman (Participant)

    14 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    New Perspectives: Postgraduate Symposium for the Humanities

    Ciara Gorman (Participant)

    12 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference