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, currently under review at Palgrave Macmillan. It examines 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, also with Palgrave.
For my next projects I plan a focus on thanatology dually in Shakespeare’s drama, and in the fiction writing of John Banville. In both, 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 am interested in supervising projects on the topics of:
- Shakespeare and theory;
- literature of the city;
- John Banville’s fiction
and on related issues.