Prof. Caitríona Ní Dhúill

 

E-mail: caitriona.nidhuill@ucc.ie

Phone: +353 21 490 2077

Caitríona Ní Dhúill is Professor in German at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, UCC. Her research areas are German, Austrian and comparative literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day; utopian fiction and theory; gender theory; life writing and biography; ecocriticism, environmental humanities and literature in the Anthropocene.

Her most recent book, Metabiography: Reflecting on Biography (Palgrave 2020) explores the contradictions of biography, charting shifts in approach to the writing and reading of biographies since the Enlightenment. Her first book, Sex in Imagined Spaces: Gender and Utopia from More to Bloch (Legenda 2010) offers a critical account of the relationship between gender discourse and utopian thought. Professor Ní Dhúill has also published widely in the fields of modern German and Austrian literature and thought, with articles and essays on Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Ingeborg Bachmann, Frank Wedekind, Ilija Trojanow, Ernst Bloch, Rainer Maria Rilke and others. She co-edited a special issue of Poetics Today on negative and dystopian futures in 2016, and is general editor (with Deborah Holmes) of the peer-reviewed yearbook Austrian Studies.

Her current research on the literary Anthropocene explores emerging literary discourses on ecological destabilisation, from dystopian and apocalyptic fiction to lyric engagement with disrupted landscapes. Drawing on ecocritical theory and interdisciplinary work in the environmental humanities, this research aims to contribute to a new assessment of the significance, scope and stakes of literary and cultural studies in the Anthropocene. Forthcoming publications in this area include a dedicated special issue of Austrian Studies on ‘Anthropocene Austria’ (2022).

Since completing her PhD in Germanic Studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2005, Professor Ní Dhúill has taught German language and literature at the universities of St Andrews (2004), Vienna (2006-09) and Durham, UK (2009-19). From 2005-2009, she was a full-time postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Vienna. She was Käthe Leichter Guest Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Vienna in 2016 and Fellow of the Durham Institute of Advanced Study in 2013. She is now an international affiliate of the Centre for Culture and Ecology, Durham, which she founded in 2017, a member of the Arbeitskreis Kulturanalyse Wien (Vienna School of Cultural Analysis), and an affiliate of UCC's Environmental Research Institute.

 

Publications 

Monographs

2020 Metabiography: Reflecting on Biography. Palgrave Macmillan. 

2010 Sex in Imagined Spaces: Gender and Utopia from More to Bloch. Legenda.

 

Edited volumes

2016 No Future. Special double issue of Poetics Today (vol 37:2-3, Spring / Summer 2016), exploring negative futurities, dystopia, apocalypse, in modern European literature and thought. Co-edited with Alastair Renfrew. 

 

Peer-reviewed journal articles  

2016 (a) Refusing the Child: Weininger, Edelman, Kertész. Poetics Today 37:3 (2016), 369-386.

2016 (b) Introduction to refereed special issue: Poetics Today 37:2 (2016), 241-248 (with Alastair Renfrew).

2015 Negating the family: Ritual and Dionysos in modernist utopia. Cultural Dynamics 28:1, 55-68.

2012 Towards an anti-biographical archive: mediations between life-writing and metabiography. Life Writing 9: 3, 279-289.

2010 Geschwitz bewitched: the lesbian gaze in and after Wedekind. In Cordula Politis and Carrie Smith-Prei (eds), Sexual-Textual Border-Crossings: Lesbian Identity in German Literature, Film, and Culture (= Germanistik in Ireland 5), 69-87.

2008 Lesser-known Lulus: Wedekind and the economics of Eros. In Nicola Creighton and Cordula Politis (eds), Wege und Bewegungen. Medieval and Modern Encounters (= Germanistik in Ireland 3), 131-144.

2006 ‘Ein neues, mächtiges Volkstum’. Eugenic discourse and its impact on the work of Gerhart Hauptmann. German Life and Letters 59, 405-422.

 

Essays / Chapters in Edited Volumes 

2019 ‘Subrisio saltat.’. Translating the acrobat in Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies. In: John Nash and Jason Harding (eds), Modernism and Non-Translation. Oxford: OUP, pp. 137-152.

2019 Misstrauisch lesen. Feministische Perspektiven auf eine Sexsucht-Fantasie. In: Clemens Ruthner and Matthias Schmidt (eds), Die Mutzenbacher. Lektüren und Kontexte eines Skandalromans. Vienna: Sonderzahl, pp. 265-286.

2016 (c) Indigestible biographies: Limits to the narrative processing of life. In: Anna Babka, Marlen Bidwell-Steiner und Wolfgang Müller-Funk (eds): Narrative im Bruch: Theoretische Positionen und Anwendungen. Göttingen: V&R unipress 2016, pp. 223-238.

2015 (b) Vom Unbehagen an der Biographie: Metabiographische Reflexionen in Literatur, life writing und Film. In: Christian Klein und Falko Schnicke (eds.), Legitimationsmechanismen des Biographischen: Kontexte – Akteure – Techinekn – Grenzen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang (= Jahrbuch für internationale Germanistik), , pp. 369-84.

2014 Wedekind in der Traumfabrik. In Manfred Mittermayer and Silvia Bengesser (eds.), Wedekinds Welt: Theater - Eros - Provokation, Munich: Henschel, , pp. 158-167.

2013 Engendering the future: Ernst Bloch’s utopian philosophy in dialogue with gender theory. In Peter Thompson (ed), The Privatization of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia (with an introduction by Slavoj Žižek). Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, , pp. 144-163.

2012 The hero as language-learner: biography and metabiography in Trojanow’s Der Weltensammler. In Julian Preece (ed), Ilija Trojanow. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 63-80.

2011 (a) Rauchspiel: Zur Poetik des Rauchens bei Ingeborg Bachmann. In: Manfred Mittermayer and Wilhelm Hemecker (eds), Mythos Bachmann. Zwischen Inszenierung und Selbst-Inszenierung. Vienna: Zsolnay, pp. 154-169.

2011 (b) A woman proposes: embattled masculinity and female desire in Der Schwierige. In: Martin Liebscher, Christophe Fricker and Robert Dassanowsky (eds), The Nameable and the Unnameable. Hofmannsthal’s Der Schwierige in Context. Munich: Iudicium, pp. 94-106.

2009 (a) Von ‘er’ bis ‘sie’: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen relationaler Biographik. In Bernhard Fetz (ed), Die Biographie. Zur Grundlegung ihrer Theorie. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, pp. 199-226.

2009 (b) Lebensbilder: Biographie und die Sprache der bildenden Künste. In Bernhard Fetz (ed), Die Biographie. Zur Grundlegung ihrer Theorie. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, pp. 473-500.

2009 (c) Der Kanon des Heroischen: Ernst Bertrams Nietzsche: Versuch einer Mythologie. In Wilhelm Hemecker (ed), Die Biographie. Beiträge zu ihrer Geschichte. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, pp. 123-154.

2009 (d) Widerstand gegen die Biographie: Sigrid Weigels Bachmann-Studie. In Wilhelm Hemecker (ed), Die Biographie. Beiträge zu ihrer Geschichte. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, pp. 43-70.

2007 ‘One loves the girl for what she is, the boy for what he promises to be’. Gender discourse in Ernst Bloch’s Das Prinzip Hoffnung. In Michael Griffin and Tom Moylan (eds), Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 273-292.

2006 Am Beispiel der Brontës. Gender-Erzählungen im biographischen Kontext. In Bernhard Fetz und Hannes Schweiger (eds), Spiegel und Maske. Konstruktionen biographischer Wahrheit. Vienna: Zsolnay, pp. 113-127.

2004 Netzwerk—Rhizom—Banyan-Baum. Komplikationen der Verwurzelung bei Kafka und Joyce. In Jeanne Riou, Jürgen Barkhoff and Hartmut Böhme (eds), Netzwerke. Eine Kulturtechnik der Moderne. Cologne: Böhlau, pp. 279-296.

 

Commentaries in anthologies/Entries in handbooks

Commentaries in refereed anthology:

2017 (a) Samuel Johnson’s Advice to Biographers. In: Wilhelm Hemecker and Edward Saunders (eds), Biography in Theory: An Annotated Anthology: Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2017, pp. 15-18.

2017 (b) Intersectional Biography: Class, Gender, and Genre in Carolyn Steedman’s Landscape for a Good Woman. In: Wilhelm Hemecker and Edward Saunders (eds), Biography in Theory: An Annotated Anthology: Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, pp. 206-209.

2017 (c) World History as Heroic Biography: Thomas Carlyle and ‘Great Men’. In: Wilhelm Hemecker and Edward Saunders (eds), Biography in Theory: An Annotated Anthology: Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, pp. 30-34.

2017 (d) Biography as Exposure: Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians. In: Wilhelm Hemecker and Edward Saunders (eds), Biography in Theory: An Annotated Anthology: Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, pp. 78-82.

2009 (a) Intermediale Biographik: Bild und Biographie. In Christian Klein (ed.), Handbuch Biographie. Methoden, Traditionen, Theorien. Stuttgart: Metzler, pp. 190-194.

2009 (b) Lehre des biographischen Schreibens. In Christian Klein (ed.), Handbuch Biographie. Methoden, Traditionen, Theorien. Stuttgart: Metzler, pp. 419-424.

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