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.