Research Lines: Irish literature in English; Gender studies/women’s studies; Ecocriticism and ecofeminism; Comparative studies between Galicia and Ireland.
The Literature Team 2, coordinated by Manuela Palacios González, brings together experts on contemporary Irish poetry and narrative, as well as Joycean scholars. Team members are particularly interested in the intersections between literature, gender studies and ecocriticism. Additionally, this literature team also carries out comparative studies between Galician and Irish cultural and literary realities. All these research interests are at the core of Eco-fictions: Emergent Discourses on Woman and Nature in Galicia and Ireland (FEM2015-66937-P, 2016-2018), a recent research project led by Manuela Palacios González and funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The members of this team have published widely on the aforementioned research lines, including articles in prestigious scholarly journals in the area as well as books and volumes in international publishing houses (i.e. Peter Lang, Rodopi, Routledge, Shearsman Books, Salmon Poetry). Forked Tongues. Galician, Basque and Catalan Women’s Poetry in Translations by Irish Writers (2012), edited by Manuela Palacios; Creation, Publishing, and Criticism: The Advance of Women’s Writing (2010) coedited by Manuela Palacios, Laura Lojo and Mª Xesús Nogueira; Writing Bonds: Irish and Galician Contemporary Women Poets (2009), edited by Manuela Palacios and Laura Lojo; “The Scallops of Saint James, an Old Pilgrim’s Hoard”: Reading Joyce from the Peripheries (2006), coedited by group members Susana Domínguez Pena and Margarita Estévez-Saá; or A Pilgrimage from Belfast to Santiago de Compostela: The Anatomy of Bernard MacLaverty’s Triumph over Frontiers (2002), written by Margarita Estévez-Saá and Anne MacCarthy, are but a few representative examples. The team has also organized multiple events such as the International Seminar on ‘Creation, Editing and Criticism: Irish and Galician Poets’ (2009) or the course Gender Studies: Literature in Feminine/Masculine (2006). Since 2009, group members have been awarded more than 5 research projects. Additionally, Manuela Palacios González works in conjunction with literary and cultural institutions such as the Instituto Cervantes (Dublin), The Arts Council (Ireland), CIPPCE (Research Centre for Emerging Cultural Processes and Practices), Ireland Literature Exchange, Asociación de Escritores en Lingua Galega, as well as with Irish and Galician publishing houses and foreign universities such as University College Cork (UCC) and University College Dublin (UCD).