This volume studies the manifestations of female trauma through the exploration of multiple wounds, inflicted on both body and mind (Caruth 1996, 3) and the soul of Irish women from Northern Ireland and the Republic within a contemporary context, and in literary works written at the turn of the twenty-first century and beyond. These artistic manifestations connect tradition and modernity, debunk myths, break the silence with the exposure of uncomfortable realities, dismantle stereotypes and reflect reality with precision. Women’s issues and female experiences depicted in contemporary fiction may provide an explanation for past and present gender dynamics, revealing a pathway for further renegotiation of gender roles and the achievement of equilibrium and equality between sexes. These works might help to seal and heal wounds both old and new and offer solutions to the quandaries of tomorrow.

chapter |28 pages


part I|133 pages


chapter 2|11 pages

Different Kinds of Love

Silenced Women in Leland Bardwell's Short Fiction

chapter 3|11 pages

Trauma after a Life of Torture in Irish Magdalene Laundries

Magdalene Survivors' Testimonies and Patricia Burke-Brogan's Stained Glass at Samhain

chapter 4|11 pages

Shattering the Moulds of Tradition

The Role of Women in the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma in Rachel Seiffert's The Walk Home

chapter 5|15 pages

Representations of Trauma, Memory and the Silencing of Irish Women

Storytelling in Emer Martin's The Cruelty Men

chapter 6|12 pages

Exposition of a Half-formed System

Trauma and Other Matters in Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

chapter 7|12 pages

Damaged Women

Trauma, Shame and Silence in Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends and Normal People

chapter 8|11 pages

Conditions of Homecoming

Self-Care and Anticipation in Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours and The Surface Breaks

chapter 9|12 pages

Confronting Female Unspeakable Truths in Ireland

Donal Ryan's Strange Flowers 1

chapter 10|12 pages

Emma Donoghue's Hood and the Aesthetics of Existential Claustrophobia

From Traumatic Self-Retreat to Uncloseted Grief

chapter 11|12 pages

Don't Tell Them

The Strategy of Silence in Anna Burns' Milkman

part II|36 pages

Pieces of Creative Writing

chapter 12|12 pages

A Good Enough Mother

chapter 13|12 pages

“Dirty Irish Punk”

chapter 14|10 pages