Women and Irish Crime Fiction

Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


This chapter examines Irish crime fiction by women and the varied roles played by women characters. This focus introduces specific ethical and political considerations that are at the heart of persistent debates in crime fiction studies, including the representation of violence against and by women, and the genre’s relationship to its readers. The focal point here is the work of Alex Barclay, while other authors discussed include Arlene Hunt, Claire McGowan, and Jane Casey. These authors use familiar genre elements including serial killers and medical conspiracies, but also take their characters through less genre-defined narratives around mental health and domestic abuse, as well as experiences tied directly to Irish society, including maternity, abortion, and the regulation of sexuality through institutions like the Magdalen laundries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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