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My PhD project takes an intersectional approach to the drama and fiction of the Northern Ireland Troubles (1968-98) in order to better understand the relationship between gender, class and ethnonational identity in Northern writing. It asks: 1. How are power relations represented along class and gender lines? 2. To what extent are representations of gender and class affected by ethnonational identity? 3. How have drama and fiction challenged or reinforced stereotypes of northern Irish working-class men and women? And 4. How does literary genre and form affect representations of gender and class? Do tropes and trends differ between drama and fiction? These questions will form the core of my research, but to answer them, my work will be arranged thematically under the following headings: Gender Hegemony and the Working-Class Family; Gender, Class and Space, Gendering Working-Class Violence and Community Drama: Representing Ourselves. These sections will allow for an exploration of key themes in Troubles writing through gender and class lenses and enable an analysis of the role that representation plays in the overall picture of the conflict.

Research Interests

Gender, Class, Feminism, Working-Class Literature, Irish Literature, Irish Drama, Community


I am currently the postgraduate teaching assistant on ENG2061: Fiction and the Novel, 1660-1820 and have been a learning development assistant at Queen's Learning Development Service since 2019.


I was awarded a scholarship to undertake my Master's Degree at University College Dublin in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, where I graduated first in a cohort of 11.

I was awarded an highly competitive AHRC Northern Bridge DTP scholarship to complete my PhD research.



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