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.

Areas of Expertise

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

Publications

  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.

Teaching

  • 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¿s plays were designed to be performed but they survive only because they were printed. To appreciate Shakespeare we must consider the implications of text and performance. In this module students will explore five famous Shakespeare plays ¿ The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, As You Like It, Hamlet, and The Tempest. Lectures and seminars will offer a variety of approaches to Shakespeare on page, stage, and screen. Students will focus on both local detail ¿ puns, performance choices ¿ and wider questions: is The Taming of the Shrew misogynistic? Is Shakespeare racist? Regular film screenings will allow students to see performances of all of the 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