Dr Shonagh Hill

School: English, Drama and Film

Mentor: Dr. Cathy Leeney

Embodied Mythmaking: A Genealogy of Women in Irish Theatre

My book offers a genealogy of women in Irish theatre whose work intersects through their embodied mythmaking. I examine plays from the start of the twentieth century to the present day that employ mythic narratives to investigate myths of femininity. Embodied mythmaking examines the reiteration, reperformance and reinscription of myths on and through the body. These resistant writing-bodies perform alternatives that negotiate female agency and expression. Irish theatre, and the study of it, has largely focused on a literary tradition and my work is engaged in the process of redressing the neglect of bodies, namely the creativity and histories of female bodies.

Funding Information: Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship