The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture

  • Fionnuala Dillane
  • Naomi McAreavey
  • Emilie Pine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Fionnuala Dillane, Naomi McAreavey, Emilie Pine
    Pages 1-19
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 253-283

About this book


This book elucidates the ways the pained and suffering body has been registered and mobilized in specifically Irish contexts across more than four hundred years of literature and culture. There is no singular approach to what pain means: the material addressed in this collection covers diverse cultural forms, from reports of battles and executions to stage and screen representations of sexual violence, produced in response to different historical circumstances in terms that confirm our understanding of how pain – whether endured or inflicted, witnessed or remediated – is culturally coded. 

Pain is as open to ongoing redefinition as the Ireland that features in all of the essays gathered here. This collection offers new paradigms for understanding Ireland’s literary and cultural history.


Modern literature Memory studies Trauma studies Affect studies Belfast Agreement

Editors and affiliations

  • Fionnuala Dillane
    • 1
  • Naomi McAreavey
    • 2
  • Emilie Pine
    • 3
  1. 1.School of English, Drama and FilmUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of English, Drama and FilmUniversity College Dublin DublinIreland
  3. 3.School of English, Drama and FilmUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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