I am lecturer in English Literature, specialising in both modern/contemporary Irish literature and William Shakespeare. My research is infused by interests in literary theory, particularly poststructuralism, and I seek to deconstruct theory as much as the literature I examine.
My monograph Shakespeare, memory and modern Irish literature is under contract with Manchester University Press (forthcoming, 2020). In the book 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. My co-edited (with Dr Stanley van der Ziel) Shakespeare and Contemporary Irish Literature was released in 2018 (Palgrave Macmillan). I have published variously on Shakespeare, Joyce, John McGahern, Eavan Boland and Ciaran Carson.
For my next project I plan a focus on thanatology in the fiction of contemporary writer John Banville. I will use a set of poststructural frameworks to consider death as extreme as sociological fact and literary catalyst. I formally inaugurated this project in summer 2018 when I was a visiting lecturer to the W.B. Yeats Chair at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In 2020, I will co-edit a special issue of the Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies (ABEI) on John Banville.
I teach across the English literature curriculum. In 2018-19 I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules on ‘Revolution of the Word: Modernism’, ‘James Joyce and Theory’, ‘Fragments of Union’, ‘Contentious Shakespeare’, ‘Monsters, Theories and Revolutions’, ‘Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives’, ’The Stage Play World’, and ‘Contentious Shakespeare’. I have also supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
In 2018-19, I have also convened ’The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize’ module, which took the Prize’s hyper-contemporary longlist as its reading list. Assessed through creative portfolios as well as traditional essays, the module additionally engaged students through blogs, and through workshops delivered by publishing-industry professionals, as well as via traditional seminars. Students were offered employability opportunities through Swansea’s Cultural Institute and the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA). As a result of the module, I have been contracted to author a Routledge guidebook Judge for Yourself: Reading Contemporary Literature and Book-Prize Shortlists (forthcoming, 2020) about how students can engage with writing so new that it has not yet gathered a critical consensus.
I am interested in supervising projects on:
- John Banville’s fiction;
- literature of the city;
- Shakespeare and theory;
and on related issues.