Key Research Interests

Thesis title (provisional): Sometimes the Writer is also the Mother: Towards a Poetics of Motherhood

Through readings of contemporary mother-writing (Andrea Brady, Maggie Nelson, Jenny Offill, Sarah Manguso, Sara Ruhl…) I aim to draw out the creative potential in an area that is often considered devoid of and antipathic to such potential. I use figures such as ‘interruption’, ‘effacement’ and ‘narrative’ to think about maternal praxis and subjectivity, and its textual embodiment. Critical and creative elements are tightly linked. The latter is a deliberate act of occupying a maternal ‘I’ in a fragmented personal essay.

Publications:

Heal, O. (2016) ‘The Guinea Fowl’ in The Stinging Fly, Issue 35, Volume 2, p.48 ISBN 9781906539580

Heal, O. (2016) ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ in gorse, No. 5, pp.21-27 ISBN 9780992804749

Heal, O. (2015) ‘La Symphonie du loup’ (Translation. Extract of novel by Marius Daniel Popescu) in Best European Fiction 2016, Dalkey Archive, pp.209-214 ISBN 9781628971149

Heal, O. (2015) ‘You Have a Hole in Your Jumper’ in The Next Review Vol. 2, No. 5, pp.30-36

Heal, O. (2015) ‘Caul’ in The Bohemyth https://thebohemyth.com/2015/06/03/olivia-heal/

Heal, O. (2013) ‘The Taxidermist’ in The White Review (Shortlisted for The White Review Prize, 2013) http://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/the-taxidermist/

Heal, O. (2012) ‘The Studio’ in The Literateur http://literateur.com/the-studio/

Heal, O. (2011) ‘Sheepskin’ in The White Review http://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/sheepskin/