Researchers at UCD


Shonagh Hill

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of English, Drama & Film
Humanities Institute Ireland
Dublin 4



Shonagh Hill joined UCD in 2016 as an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. Shonagh's project is titled Embodied Mythmaking: A Genealogy of Women in Irish Theatre.
Prior to this, Shonagh taught in the English Department at St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University, as well as in the drama department of Queen's University Belfast, while undertaking her doctoral studies. 
Shonagh is engaged in national and international scholarly communities as a member of the Irish Society for Theatre Research and the International Federation for Theatre Research.



Book Chapters

Shonagh Hill (2012) 'Female Self-Authorship and Reperformance of the 'Good Death' in Marina Carr's Woman and Scarecrow' In: Rhona Trench (eds). Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
Shonagh Hill (2015) ''Popular Feminisms' and the Radical Within: Menopausal Women's Desire for Visibility in Marie Jones's Women on the Verge of HRT' In: Tom Maguire and Eugene McNulty (eds). The Theatre of Marie Jones: Telling stories from the ground up. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Shonagh Hill (2015) 'Olwen Fouéré's Corpus: The Performer's Body and her Body of Work' In: Miriam Haughton and Maria Kurdi (eds). Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Shonagh Hill (2016) 'Olwen Fouéré's Corpus: The Performer's Body and her Body of Work' In: Finola Cronin and Eamonn Jordan (eds). Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Shonagh Hill (2017) 'Feeling Out of Place: The 'affective dissonance' of the feminist spectator in The Boys of Foley Street' In: Elin Diamond, Denise Varney and Candice Amich (eds). Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]

Edited Books

Shonagh Hill and Cormac O'Brien (Ed.). (2017) Gender, Sexuality and the City. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Shonagh Hill (2011) 'Crossing the Boundaries: Transgression Enacted'. Theatre Research International, 36 (3):278-282. [Details]
Shonagh Hill (2012) 'Ghostly Surrogates and Unhomely Memories: Performing the Past in Marina Carr's Portia Coughlan'. Etudes Irlandaises, 37 (1):173-187. [Details]

Other Journals

Shonagh Hill (2009) 'Articulating the Abject: Metamorphosis in Marina Carr's The Mai' Platform 4 (1) :44-59. [Details]
Shonagh Hill (2010) 'Book review of Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture' Platform 5 (1) :135-137. [Details]


Research Interests

Shonagh's research interests include women and performance, embodiment, affect, Irish theatre, postfeminism and neoliberalism. 
Shonagh's current project, Embodied Mythmaking: A Genealogy of Women in Irish Theatre, explicitly confronts the ways in which the mythic narrative frames of Ireland's cultural and dramatic output underpin constructions of gender. Not only will this monograph address the underexamined work of women in Irish theatre, but it casts the body as a key site for the examination of this work. The concept of embodied mythmaking examines the reiteration, reperformance and reinscription of myths on and through the body, thus highlighting a creative female corporeality, counter to idealized mythic icons.  
Shonagh's work on women and performance is developed in an international context through her membership of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. Shonagh has contributed a chapter to the group's forthcoming book, Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).