Luz Mar González-Arias is Senior Lecturer in the English Department, University of Oviedo. Her research is primarily in the areas of body theory and Medical Humanities, as applied to the work of contemporary Irish women poets. Embodiment and sexuality feature prominently in her two published books: Otra Irlanda [Another Ireland] (2000), and her study of the myth of Adam and Eve in recent Irish Women’s Writing (1999), which draws heavily on the theme of anorexia and female identity. Her publications include a chapter on Ireland in The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies (edited John McLeod), and an essay on the versions of Sheela-na-gigs in the poetry of Susan Connolly in the volume Opening the Field (edited by Christine St. Peter and Patricia Haberstroh). She has also contributed to the Special Issue that An Sionnach dedicated to Paula Meehan (edited by Jody Allen-Randolph) with an essay on citified embodiments in Meehan’s urban poetry. Her most recent publication are: “Much More than a Colour: YELLOW, or the Signifying Potential of the non-Verbal”; her essay in I’ll Sing You a Song from around the Town, the new book-catalogue on Amanda Coogan’s artistic practice; and “‘A pedigree bitch, like myself’: (Non)Human Illness and Death in Dorothy Molloy’s Poetry”, in Animals in Irish Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2015). She is the editor of National Identities and Imperfections in Contemporary Irish Literature: Unbecoming Irishness (Palgrave, November 2016); and is currently working on two projects: a book-length monograph on the life and poetry of Dorothy Molloy, and a volume of essays on Celia de Fréine’s work, which she is co-editing with Lucy Collins.


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