The Department of English is one of the largest in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. We currently have 20 full-time academic staff members, 4 adminstrative staff including our School manager, and 6 postdoctoral research fellows.

Academic Staff


Professor Graham Allen 

Professor of Modern English

Dr Tom Birkett

Lecturer in Old English

Professor Claire Connolly

Chair of Modern English / Head of School 

Dr Miranda Corcoran

Lecturer in 21st-Century Literature

Professor Alex Davis

Professor of Modern Literature

Dr Anne Etienne

Lecturer in 20th-Century British Drama

Dr Alan Gibbs

Lecturer in English

Dr Adam Hanna

Lecturer in Irish Literature

Dr Joanna Hofer-Robinson

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Professor Lee Jenkins

Professor of Modern Literature

Dr Andrew King

Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance English

Dr Heather Laird

Lecturer in English


Danny Denton

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Dr Maureen O'Connor

Lecturer in English


Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir

Lecturer in English


Leanne O’Sullivan

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Dr Kenneth Rooney

Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Dr Edel Semple

Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies


Dr Eibhear Walshe

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing




Emeritus Professors


Prof Patricia Coughlan


Professor Colbert Kearney Ph.D. (Cantab)

 Colbert Kearney joined the English Department in 1972, was appointed to Chair of Modern English in 1989 and retired in 2008.

His teaching concentrated on Shakespeare and on Irish writers such as Joyce, Yeats, Synge, O’Casey and Behan, his research on the Gaelic background and oral culture of Irish literature in English, the basis for The Writings of Brendan Behan (Gill & Macmillan, 1977) and The Glamour of Grammar: Orality and Politics and the Emergence of Sean O’Casey (Greenwood Press, 2000).

He was visiting professor at University of California at Irvine, University of Montana at Missoula, Colby College, University of Padua, l’Ecole Normale Superieur at Cachan and guest lecturer at various other universities in Europe and North America.  

 He wrote the script for the 1982 RTE television documentary on Joyce entitled Is there one who understands me?  His translation of Eoghan Ó Tuairisc’s ‘Aifreann na Marbh’ is included in Leabhar na hAthghabhála: Poems of Repossession (ed Louis de Paor, Bloodaxe, 2016).  He has published a novel, The Consequence (Blackstaff Press, 1993) and a memoir of his parents, Down By the Liffeyside (Somerville Press, 2019).

Administrative Staff

Name: Anne Fitzgerald
Position: School Manager
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Name: Elaine Hurley
Position: Executive Assistant
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Name: Jennifer Crowley
Position: Senior Executive Assistant (Job-Share)
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Name: Christine O'Regan
Position: Senior Executive Assistant (Job-Share)
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Edward Molloy (GOIPD Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2022)

Edward was awarded his PhD from Queen's University Belfast for his doctoral thesis entitled 'Race, History, Nationality: An Intellectual History of the Young Ireland movement 1842-52'.  Previously, he studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he received a distinction in the MA programme in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy.   Before that he studied at the University of Glasgow. He joined the University of Liverpool Institute of Irish Studies as a Busteed Postdoctoral Scholar in the summer of 2018 before being appointed lecturer there the following year. He has also taught at Queen's University, Belfast and Newham College in East London. Edward has also worked as a researcher for the Electoral Reform Society. He has recently been awarded a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship for his two year project entitled ´Between History and Revolution: Radical Irish Separatism from Tone to Pearse´, which re-evaluates the intellectual underpinning of Irish nationalism in the long nineteenth century.

Dr. Emma Penney (GOIPD Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2022)

Dr. Emma Penney is a GOIPD postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English where she is working on her monograph provisionally titled Social-Class and the Women’s Movement in Ireland: A Second look at the Second-Wave. She holds a ‘New Foundations’ Government of Ireland research grant at UCD through which she aims to establish a Working-Class Studies Network and organise Ireland’s first Working-Class Studies conference. As a recently elected ‘At-Large’ steering committee member of the Working-Class Studies Association of America (WCSA), Emma hopes to facilitate links between emergent scholarship in Ireland and the United States. To support the development and consolidation of working-class writing in Ireland, Emma continues to build an archive of working-class women’s creative and intellectual history - through her doctoral field research Emma acquired previously uncollected works from working-class communities, much like her own. She has published with The Irish University Review, The Journal of Working-Class Studies and The Journal of International Women’s Studies (forthcoming). Her research and teaching interests also include decolonial approaches to Irish Studies and the reconfiguring of Irish historiography to better face up to state racism and other challenges that are historically embedded in Irish culture. She enjoys building supportive networks among working-class, first generation and financially insecure faculty and staff and enjoys listening to other working-class students and academics about their own experiences in higher education

Dr. Colleen Taylor (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2020-2022)

Dr. Colleen Taylor joins the UCC School of English after earning her PhD from Boston College in 2020. She holds an MPhil in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin and a BA from Fordham University, where she was Valedictorian in 2012. Colleen specializes in eighteenth-century Irish and British literature, material culture, and feminism, and has published articles on these topics in Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish StudiesTulsa Studies in Women's Literature, and Persuasions: the Jane Austen Journal. She also contributed a book chapter on Irish feminist playwrights to Ireland, Enlightenment and the English Stage, 1740-1820. Colleen has taught courses on satire, eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, and Irish women’s writing at Boston College, the latter of which won the American Conference for Eighteenth-Century Studies Innovative Course Design Competition in 2018. Before coming to UCC, Colleen spent time researching at Queen’s University Belfast under the Irish Studies Exchange Fellowship and was a visiting researcher at Boston College Ireland as winner of the Dalsimer Fellowship. She has also been the recipient of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures scholarship. Colleen is currently working on a monograph that introduces and applies new materialist theory to Irish Studies. Her project, Irish Writing and the New Materialism: Objects of Irish Character, 1720-1830, funded by the Irish Research Council, examines the development of an Irish, Enlightenment-era subjectivity through material objects that defined Irish national character, such as coins, mantles, linen, and spinning wheels. Her research examines the material details of eighteenth-century Irish life in order to expand scholarly understanding of colonial culture in that century, particularly the interconnectedness of subjective human expression and material thing, which appears in writings by Jonathan Swift, Maria Edgeworth, and Sydney Owenson. When she's not spending her time in the eighteenth century, Colleen writes a music column for the Irish Echo newspaper in New York.



Dr Jonathan Evershed (Ports, Past and Present: Cultural Crossings between Ireland and Wales)

Dr Jonathan Evershed is a political anthropologist with a research interest in postcolonial politics, culture, heritage and identity in the UK and Ireland. His first monograph, Ghosts of the Somme: Commemoration and Culture War in Northern Ireland (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018) is  an ethnographic examination of Ulster Loyalist identity and the contested politics of commemoration in Northern Ireland during the Decade of Centenaries (2012-2022/23). Before joining Ports, Past and Present, Jonathan was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government and Politics at UCC, where his work as part of the ESRC-funded project, Between Two Unions: The constitutional future of the islands after Brexit focused on the implications of Brexit for the island of Ireland and for British-Irish relations. He is currently working on a co-authored book with the working title, Brexit and Northern Ireland's Constitutional Futures. 


Dr James L. Smith (Ports, Past and Present: Cultural Crossings between Ireland and Wales)

Dr James L. Smith is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of English and Digital Humanities at University College Cork, working on the 2019-23 EU Regional Development project Ports, Past and Present. His work is at the intersection of the blue, environmental, spatial and digital humanities. His first monograph is Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). James is the editor of The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (punctum books, 2017), and co-editor of the Open Library of the Humanities collection New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies (2019). His current monograph project has the working title of Deep Maps of Lough Derg.

Dr Tim Groenland (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2019-2021)

Dr Tim Groenland’s research focuses on the role of literary editors in twentieth- and twenty-first century American fiction. His first book, The Art of Editing: Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace, was published in 2019 by Bloomsbury Academic. As the recipient of an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship, he completed a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2016; since then, he has held (fixed-term) positions as Lecturer in American Literature and Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary English Literature in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in Critique, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Dublin Review of Books, among other venues.

While at the School of English, Dr Groenland will be researching the role of editors in post-war US magazine fiction – specifically, Theodore Solotaroff’s editing of the New American Review/American Review (1967-1977).


Dr Joseph Shafer (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2019-2021)

Dr Joseph Shafer specializes in twentieth-century American poetry, transatlanticism, critical theory and aesthetics. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick in 2018, and previously studied at Dartmouth College. In 2018, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Auburn University, and, in 2019, a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford's Rothermere American Institute. His PhD dissertation introduced the privileged transatlantic reception of D.H. Lawrence within America's post-WWII poetic communities, and how that reception critiques Lawrence criticism and alters counter-cultural literary history and its varying forms. His current monograph, The Flesh of Literal Space: Aesthetics, Politics and Page in Post-1945 American Literature, offers a new lexicon for addressing types of literary space and their different relations, in order to introduce an overlooked yet underlined politic in the poetry and poetic prose of writers such as Charles Olson, Susan Howe, Robert Duncan, Ronald Johnson, Sylvia Plath, Kathy Acker, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Stephen Jonas, Jayne Cortez, and Sonia Sanchez. Aside from related publications in literary and cultural studies, in journals such as Arizona Quarterly, Textual Practice, Journal of American Studies, D.H. Lawrence Review, PN Review and Oxford Literary Review, Shafer has published on Jacques Rancière, two forthcoming book chapters on Lacan's aesthetics in Reading Lacan's Seminar VIII: On Transference, another on Badiou's modernist aesthetics, and an interview with Rancière.

Dr Ailbhe McDaid (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2018-2020)

Dr Ailbhe McDaid is a graduate of UCC (BA, English and Irish), Trinity College Dublin (MPhil, Literature) and University of Otago, New Zealand (PhD). Her first monograph, The Poetics of Migration in Contemporary Irish Poetry, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017 and she has published articles and book chapters on poetry, migration, memory studies and the literature of conflict. In 2017, Ailbhe was awarded the Busteed Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool for her project 'Women and War: conflict, bereavement and Irish cultural memory’. Most recently, Ailbhe held a role as Lecturer in English at Maynooth University.




Dr Kenneth Keating (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr Kenneth Keating joins the School of English as an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2017, having studied at University College Dublin where he was awarded a PhD in 2014. He is the author of Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Canon: Critical Limitations and Textual Liberations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and has published widely on modern and contemporary poetry. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher working on the Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing. He is currently editing a collection of essays on the work of Maurice Scully, forthcoming with Shearsman Books, and is the editor of Smithereens Press. His current postdoctoral research examines Transnationalism and poetic form in contemporary Irish poetry in an effort to reconceptualize conventional understandings of nation-centred literary inheritance.

Dr Declan Taggart (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

In October 2017, Declan Taggart was awarded an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of English in UCC to write a monograph entitled Rethinking old gods: An investigation of Old Norse conceptions of the divine under the mentorship of Dr Thomas Birkett. His work examines cognitive variation in representations of Old Norse deities and their perceived interactions with the human world, touching on areas like the difference between theological and non-theological religious concepts, perceptions of divine intervention and representations of morality.

Declan is the author of How Thor Lost His Thunder (Routledge, forthcoming), which is adapted from his doctoral thesis ‘Understanding diversity in Old Norse religion taking Þórr as a case study’ (University of Aberdeen, 2015). He graduated with a BA in English Literature from Durham University and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York, and after finishing his doctoral studies he undertook a research stay at Stockholm University’s Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, sponsored by the Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture’s Bernadotte Programme. He has also taught seminars in the History department of the University of Aberdeen, and he regularly publishes popular articles about topics of historical and cultural interest, often related to Old Norse culture and society.

Dr Brandon C. Yen (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Brandon C. Yen holds a PhD from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of ‘The Excursion’ and Wordsworth’s Iconography (recently accepted for publication by Liverpool University Press) and, with Peter Dale, The Spirit of Paradise: The Gardens of William Wordsworth and the Poetry of his Flowers (to be published by ACC Art Books in spring 2017). Prior to coming to UCC as an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, he was an Early Career Fellow jointly supported by the Wordsworth Trust and the British Association for Romantic Studies. In March 2017, he curated an exhibition on ‘Wordsworth’s Flowers’ for the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere. His project at UCC is entitled ‘Wordsworth’s Ireland: Belonging in Ireland and Britain’.


Dr Laura Lovejoy (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr Laura Lovejoy was awarded her PhD at University College Dublin in 2017 and joins the School of English as an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2017. At UCC, Dr Lovejoy will develop her doctoral research into a monograph, States of Decline: Irish Modernism, Degeneration and the Body. The monograph maps the relationship between Irish literary modernism and degeneration and explores the intersections between themes of decline and modes of embodiment in works of Irish modernist fiction published in the 1920s and 1930s. Her research interests include modernism and biopolitics and her work has been published in the journal Humanities.


Dr Rachel Murphy (IRC Postdoctoral Researcher: Deep Maps)

Rachel is a postdoctoral researcher on Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures, an interdisciplinary project led by Prof Claire Connolly (School of English) and Dr. Rob McAllen (School of BEES). The project, which is funded by the Irish Research Council, investigates the biological, cultural and historical context of the south west coast of Ireland from 1700 to 1920.

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she studied English Language and Literature. After graduating, she spent 20 years working in strategy, marketing and project management for companies including Lloyds of London, Accenture, eBay, PayPal and Eneclann. During this time she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). She holds an MA in the History of Family from the University of Limerick and a Higher Diploma in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from University College Cork.

Rachel recently completed a PhD in History and Digital Humanities at UCC, funded under a PRTLI-5 Digital Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Fellowship (2011-2015). Her thesis examined 'Place, Community and Organisation on the Courtown Estates, 1649-1977' and used GIS to map the Earl of Courtown's Irish estates over time.

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Dr Michael Nott (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr Michael Nott received his PhD in 2015 from the University of St Andrews. He joined UCC as an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2016. In 2016/2017 he was a visiting Fulbright fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. His Fulbright/IRC project is entitled “Thom Gunn and Anglo-American Poetry: Transient and Resident”, and he is mentored by Prof Alex Davis. He is the author of “Photopoetry, 1845-2015: A Critical History” (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). 




Postdoctoral Fellows, 2008-2018 

Dr Mary O'Connell (NUI Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr Mary O’Connell received her PhD from the School of English, University College Cork, in 2009. From 2012-2013 she was Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the School of English, University of St. Andrews. She is the co-editor of Readings on Audience and Textual Materiality (Pickering & Chatto, 2011). Her first monograph, Byron and John Murray: A Poet and His Publisher was published by Liverpool University Press in 2014. Her research interests include Romantic literature, particularly the work of Byron, and publishing history in the 18th and 19th centuries. She is currently writing a biography of the second John Murray.




Dr Roderick Dale (IRC Postdoctoral Researcher on the World-Tree Project)

Dr Roderick Dale joined the School of English in February 2015 to work on the IRC 'New Horizons' World-Tree Project, a digital multimedia archive of teaching and study resources about the Vikings. He previously taught Old English at the University of Nottingham where he completed his doctoral thesis on Berserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life and was awarded his PhD in 2014. He is currently working on a monograph based on his doctoral thesis. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Roderick worked and published as an archaeologist, and is co-author of The Viking Experience. He is mentored by Dr Tom Birkett.


Dr Anna Pilz (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr Anna Pilz studied at the European University Viadrina (Germany) and Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies where she received her PhD in 2013. Her doctoral thesis examined the relationship between playwright Augusta Gregory and her audiences. She has published articles on Gregory’s class politics and short stories. Joining the School of English as Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2014, she is working on a monograph on Trees, Inheritance and Estates in Irish Writing. She is co-editor of a collection of essays on Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty, forthcoming with Manchester University Press in 2015. Her research interests include the Irish Literary Revival, theatre history, and landscape and national identity in Irish writing. She has previously lectured at Liverpool’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and Leeds Metropolitan University. She is currently on the editorial advisory board for The Onslaught Press.


Dr Adam Hanna (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr Adam Hanna joined the School of English as IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2015, having previously taught in the English departments of the Universities of Bristol and Aberdeen and practised as a solicitor. He is the author of Northern Irish Poetry and Domestic Space (Palgrave, 2015), which was adapted from his doctoral thesis (Bristol, 2012). He is co-organiser of the conference 'The House in the Mind: Architecture and the Imagination' (Oxford, 2016), which follows on from this research. He is mentored by Dr Heather Laird for his current project, entitled 'Literature and Legislation in Ireland: Poetic Justice', an examination of how Irish poets have reflected and responded to legislative changes in their work since the 1920s. He is also the co-editor of The Echoing Gallery (Bristol, 2013), an anthology of ekphrastic poetry, and has also served on the executive committee of the British Association of Irish Studies (2014-15). He is a member of the organising committee for IASIL 2016 and the contributor of the 'Modern Irish Poetry' section to The Year's Work in English Studies.



Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships, funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC)

Dr Katie Garner, ‘Women Writers and the Arthurian Legend’ (1 year fellowship; mentor Prof Claire Connolly).

Dr Liam Lanigan, ‘Dublins of the Future: The City in Irish Modernism’ (1 year fellowship; mentors Dr Heather Laird and Prof Alex Davis).

Dr Sarah Hayden, ‘Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood 1909-1945’ (1 year fellowship; mentor Dr Lee Jenkins). 



Harriet O’Donovan Sheehy Postdoctoral Fellow, funded privately by Harriet O’Donovan Sheehy via the Cork University Foundation

Dr Hilary Lennon, Selected Letters of Frank O’Connor. (Appointed for 2 years in 2012 and renewed for a further two years in 2014; mentor Prof Claire Connolly).



Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the European Union

Prof Goran Stanivukovic, Early Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the 1590s Style (2 year fellowship; mentor Prof James Knowles).

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the European Union

Dr Sergei Mainer, The Epic in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (2 year fellowship; mentor Dr Andrew King).



Cara Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowships in the Humanities And Social Sciences, funded by the Irish Research Council For Humanities And Social Sciences and Marie Curie (IRCHSS)

Dr Carrie Griffin, ‘Learning and Information in the English Middle Ages and Early Modern Period: An Analysis of Textual Genres, Material Structures and Reorganisation’ (3 year fellowship held in conjunction with Queen Mary University, London; mentors Professor James Knowles and Professor Julia Briggs).

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the European Union

Dr Stephan Schmuck, European Orientalisms (2 year fellowship; mentor Prof James Knowles).



Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the Irish Research Council For Humanities And Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

Dr Siobhan Collins, ‘Bodies, Politics, Transformations: John Donne's Metempsychosis’ (1 year fellowship; mentor Prof Patricia Coughlan).

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the European Union

Dr Peter Sillitoe, Performing Spaces - Architecture, Spatiality, and Politics in European Ceremonial Cultures, circa 1550-1700 (2 year fellowship; mentor Prof James Knowles).

NUI Centennial Fellow in the Humanities, funded by the National University of Ireland

Dr Liam Lenihan, ‘James Barry and History Painting’ (2 year fellowship; mentor Prof Graham Allen).

Postdoctoral Researcher on IRCHSS-funded research project ‘Christ on the Cross’

Dr Richard Hawtree (2 year fellowship; mentor Dr Juliet Mullins).



Frank O’Connor Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by School of English

Dr Hilary Lennon

Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the Irish Research Council For Humanities And Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

Dr David Coughlan, Ghosts in American Writing (1 year fellowship; mentor Dr Lee Jenkins).

PhD Researchers

Tom Dennehy
Thesis Title: Experiencing Maternal Abondonment, Sea Monsters, Child-Eating Witches on an East Coast Odyssey: The Tillermans Make a Home on Chesapeake Bay.
Supervisors: Dr Maureen O'Connor and Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir

Mairead Mooney
Thesis Title: Recovering Children's Reading: The 'Queer Treasures' of Children's Collection, Cork Public Library, 1922-1939.
Supervisor: Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir. Advisor: Mr John Fitzgerald.

Ailin Quinlan
Thesis Title: Family dysfunction in Modern Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature
Supervisors: Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir and Dr Shirley Martin (Applied Social Studies)

Paul Griffin
Thesis Title: Dark Interpreters: Psychotropic Agents and the Victorian Gothic
Supervisors: Prof. Graham Allen & Prof. Alex Davis 

Ian O' Sullivan
Thesis Title: The Masks of Mnēmosynē: Modulations of Memory from Ancient Greece to Contemporary Paris
Supervisor: Prof. Graham Allen

Loretta Goff
Thesis Title: Hyphenating Ireland and America: Examining the Construction of Contemporary Hybrid Identities in Film and Screen Media 1990-2015
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Monahan

Kathy D'Arcy
Thesis Title: Weighted Silences: a Poetic Heteroglossia Re-Articulating Irish Women's Poetry
Supervisor: Prof. Alex Davis and Adjunct Prof. Bernard O'Donoghue

James Lawlor
Thesis Title: A Cultural History of the Great Book of Ireland.
Supervisors: Prof. Claire Connelly and Prof. Alex Davis

Seán Travers
Thesis title: Innovative Representations of Trauma
Research Areas: Trauma Fiction, Contemporary American Literature, Popular Culture and Postmodernism
Supervisors: Dr. Alan Gibbs and Prof. Graham Allen

Patricia O Connor
Research Areas: Old English and Digital Humanities
Supervisors: Dr. Tom Birkett and Dr. Orla Murphy

Jasenka E. Jones 
Thesis Title: Death and the Digital: Absence and Persistence
Supervisors: Dr. Orla Murphy, English Dept. Dr. Sean Power, Philosophy Dept.

Ciarán Kavanagh
Thesis Title: Reading Postmodernism: Ambiguity, Instability and the Changing Role of the Modern Reader
Supervisor: Dr. Alan Gibbs

Alison Killilea
Thesis Title: Translating the Past: An Analysis of 'Beowulf''s Reception History Through the Figures of Grendel and Grendel's Mother
Supervisors: Dr. Tom Birkett and Dr. Orla Murphy

Niamh Kehoe
Thesis Title: Humour, Violence, and Gender in Vernacular English Hagiography, c.900 - 1300
Supervisors: Dr. Tom Birkett and Dr. Ken Rooney

Meadhbh O'Halloran
Thesis title: Marlowe's Medievalism
Supervisors: Dr. Edel Semple and Dr. Andrew King.
Academia profile

Eoin O'Callaghan
Thesis title: Submerged Stories: The Evolution of William Faulkner's Short Fiction
Supervisor: Prof. Lee Jenkins 

Andrew Farrow
Thesis Title: Blake’s Chaucer and the Eternized Mythological Nation
Supervisors: Prof. Graham Alle and Dr. Ken Rooney

Nicholas O'Riordan
Thesis title: Changing Accents in Contemporary Irish Cinema: Dialogues and Ideological Positions
Supervisors: Dr. Barry Monahan 

Caroline Schroeter
Thesis title: The Media(tisa)tion of the Slave Experience – Prosperity or Perdition?An interdisciplinary analysis of the multidimensionality of 21st century cinematic neo-slave narratives, exemplified by The Book of Negroes, 12 Years a Slave, and Django Unchained
Supervisors: Prof. Lee Jenkins and Dr. Gwenda Young

Yen-Chi Wu
Thesis title: Temporalities of Modernity and the Novels of John McGahern
Supervisors: Professor Claire Connolly, Dr. Heather Laird
Academia Profile

Martin McConigley
Thesis title: The Border in Contemporary Irish Fiction 1970 - 2014: Interrogating the Lines That Continue to Separate
Supervisors: Heather Laird & Maureen O'Connor
Academic profile: Having completed an MA in Irish Writing & Culture in 2007, I joined the Department of English at All Hallows College, DCU. For seven years I lectured in English Literature to BA students, as well as working in the School of Adult Education, providing workshops on Academic Writing and Study Skills to adults returning to education. In October 2015, on receipt of a scholarship from the Irish Research Council, I committed myself, on a full-time basis, to completing my Doctoral studies at UCC.


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