Collective residences


From Monday, 14 March 2022 to Saturday, 19 March 2022


Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Head of the Maynooth University School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her research interests encompass 20th and 21st century literature, feminist literary theory and cultural studies. She has published widely on the representation of mothers, mothering and motherhood in contemporary European literature and culture. From 2014-2016, she was Principal Investigator of a research project entitled “The Cultural Transmission of Motherhood in Europe: A Case Study”, for which she was awarded a prestigious Irish Research Council Research Project Grant. She is currently involved in MotherNet, a new network of researchers on contemporary European motherhood that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952366.


As part of this residence on 'Negotiating Childlessness and Non-Motherhood', I will be focussing my attention on some recent cultural products produced in the German language. Specifically, I want to look at how Austrian director Ulrike Kofler adapted Swiss author Peter Stamm's short story 'Der Lauf der Dinge' [The Way Things Go, 2014] for the cinema in her film 'Was Wir Wollten' [What We Wanted, 2020]. Kofler’s debut film focuses on a couple who are dealing with their disappointment and grief after a failed attempt to conceive through IVF. This chapter will look at how each member of the couple negotiates their own individual experience of infertility, as well as how they perceive and deal with other’s pain. It will also consider how the German-language short story and its cultural context were adapted for the big screen and an international audience.

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