I am lecturer in English Literature, specialising in both William Shakespeare and modern/contemporary Irish literature. My research is infused by interests in literary theory, particularly poststructuralism, and I seek to deconstruct theory as much as the literature I examine.

I have written a monograph manuscript Remember, remember: Shakespeare, memory and modern Ireland, in which I examine the remembered presence of Shakespeare in Irish writers including James Joyce, J. M. Synge, John Banville, Samuel Beckett, Edna O’Brien, W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney. I have a co-edited book (with Dr Stanley van der Ziel) on Shakespeare and Contemporary Irish Literature due out in 2018 with Palgrave Macmillan. I have published variously on Shakespeare, Joyce and John McGahern, with publications forthcoming on Edna O’Brien, Eavan Boland and Ciaran Carson.

For my next project I plan a focus on thanatology in the fiction writing of John Banville. I will use a set of poststructural frameworks to consider death as extreme as sociological fact and literary catalyst—with other categories in between. I will formally inaugurate this project in summer 2018 when I will be Visiting Fellow at the W.B. Yeats Chair at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

I am interested in supervising projects on the topics of:

  • Shakespeare and theory;
  • literature of the city;
  • John Banville’s fiction

and on related issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • William Shakespeare
  • Early modern England
  • Modern Irish literature
  • Contemporary Irish literature


  1. “Remember me”: Hamlet, memory and Bloom’s poiesis. Irish Studies Review 25(2), 241-258.
  2. 'This Prison Where I Live': Ireland Takes Centre Stage. Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies 88(1), 125-138.
  3. “[L]ike a shoal of fish moving within a net”: 'King Lear' and McGahern’s Family in 'Amongst Women'. In John McGahern: Critical Essays. (pp. 113-136). Oxford: Peter Lang.


  • EN-119 The Stage Play World

    The Stage Play World is an introductory module which combines an overview of performance history -- from classical Greek theatre to the present-day stage presentations -- with the development of reading and analytical skills. The module teaches students how to read and understand a stage script and then moves on to a consideration of how to analyse what is being read. The course also teaches students how to argue persuasively from that analysis. The module has been designed to emphasise the continuous development of drama, together with its links to social and historical events and to movements in other forms of art and literature. There are a number of set texts, with additional extracts that will be considered in lectures.

  • EN-207 Revolution of the Word: Modernism

    An introduction to Modernist literature, focussing upon its origins in response to the crisis of modernity, its engagement with colonialism and the First World War, its formal experimentation, its depiction of city-life and its engagement with new ideas of gender and the unconscious.

  • EN-241 Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain

    The nationality question has been a persistent theme in British politics, most obviously in recent decades in relationship to questions of immigration and settlement, Britain¿s membership of Europe, the `troubles¿ and `peace process¿ in Ulster, and the resurgence of forms of devolution and nationalism in Wales and Scotland. This course explores the ways in which the diverse literatures of the British Isles have responded to, and shaped, debates around these issues. The questions asked on the course will include: How does a `four nations¿ approach, well-established in historical studies, function in literary studies? What are the key differences and similarities between the literatures produced in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales? To what extent does literature reflect social identities, and to what extent is it active in their creation? If all identities are in as sense `imagined¿, why have certain kinds of identities been significant in particular periods? Is an aesthetics informed by nationalism inevitably conservative and restrictive? Are linguistically experimental writers always skeptical of collective identities? Are we witnessing the `break up¿ of Britain in contemporary literature, or is Britishness being reconstructed anew?

  • EN-242 Contentious Shakespeare

    Shakespeare is often figured as a universal writer who tells us something essential about the human condition; he has been imagined as both a national poet and the world¿s dramatist. But can Shakespeare really be universal? This module invites students to rethink many of the standard assumptions about Shakespeare. The writer Ben Jonson described as the `sweet swan of Avon¿ was also responsible for plays of horrifying violence and his drama reflects, in unsettling ways, on issues of gender, race, and class. Students will explore five controversial Shakespeare plays: The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Tempest. Lectures and seminars introduce the plays in their disturbing complexity: Shakespeare emerges as a deeply equivocal presence in literary and theatrical history. Taking into account the important work of feminist and postcolonial criticism, this module addresses both the radical potential and the frequently conservative application of Shakespeare¿s plays.

  • EN-3031 Dissertation - English Literature

    The Dissertation is an optional, two-semester, 40-credit module designed to develop high-level academic skills and intellectual independence in the students. A first-semester skills-building programme will include: research skills, summary skills, bibliographic skills, ability to synthesise succinctly, planning and organisational skills, correct presentation of a thesis and bibliography, presentational skills and public speaking. Students conduct research on a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of the English literature staff. The topic will be devised to fall within staff research and teaching specialisms, broadly defined. Students attend group sessions on research skills in Semesters 1 and 2, and have individual meetings with supervisors in Semester 2.

  • EN-M31 Dissertation

    Individual project devised and defined in discussion between supervisor and student.

  • EN-M41 Research Practice in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English

    Supervised project on research methodology in practice. Students build a detailed bibliographical plan for their MA dissertation project.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Year 1 Co-ordinator

    2017 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2015 Part-time tutor Department of English & CLS, University of Warwick
2015 2017 Postdoctoral Associate Tutor Department of English & CLS, University of Warwick

Research Groups

  • MEMO

    Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research