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Elizabeth Grubgeld, Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland




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During the last decades disability life writing has become an essential means to represent the experience of living with a disability. Against the background of the memoir boom since roughly around the turn of the millennium, autobiographical disability and illness narratives have gained popularity and receive increasing public and scholarly attention. As a result, they have also become a subject of research in various academic disciplines, first and foremost in disability studies, health care studies, literary and cultural studies, sociology as well as in the wider field of the medical humanities. Since many research activities and publications in these fields predominantly focus on US-American narratives and in view of a paucity of studies of life writing by disabled people from Ireland, Elizabeth Grubgeld’s monograph Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland intends to close this persistent gap. Published in Palgrave Macmillan’s renowned book series Literary Disability Studies, it approaches the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective addressing major concerns of disability studies, literary and cultural studies as well as providing insights from Irish cultural history.

Author Biography

Sara Strauss, Paderborn University

Sara Strauss is an Assistant Professor in British and Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at Paderborn University, Germany. Her research interests focus on approaching British and Irish literature and culture with perspectives from the Medical Humanities, Cultural Gerontology, Disability Studies as well as Gender and Diversity Studies. She is the author of the monograph “This Bright Inward Cinema of Thought”: Stream of Consciousness in Contemporary English Fiction (2013), and co-editor of Dementia and Subjectivity: Aesthetic, Literary and Philosophical Perspectives (2017) and Transient Bodies in Anglophone Literature and Culture (2020). She has published articles on eighteenth- to twenty-first century writing, for example by Jonathan Swift, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Eva Figes, Alice Munro, Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro, as well as on Victorian and present-day visual culture. Currently, she is the coordinator and principal investigator of the EU-project “Ireland, Europe and Brexit: Cultural Discourses on European Community”, which examines the changing roles of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the context of Brexit.





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