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
  • Modern Irish literature
  • Contemporary Irish literature
  • Literary theory
  • Early modern England

Publications

  1. The Duke’s hospitable return in Measure for Measure. Notes and Queries
  2. & (Eds.). Shakespeare and Contemporary Irish Literature. Taylor-Collins, Nicholas, van der Ziel, Stanley (Eds.) (Ed.), Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. Moving the Statue: Myths of Motherhood in Eavan Boland, Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture. In Shakespeare and Contemporary Irish Literature. (pp. 71-97). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. & Introduction: Shakespeare, Ireland and the Contemporary. In (pp. 1-25). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  5. “Remember me”: Hamlet, memory and Bloom’s poiesis. Irish Studies Review 25(2), 241-258.
  6. 'This Prison Where I Live': Ireland Takes Centre Stage. Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies 88(1), 125-138.
  7. “[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-3053 The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize Module

    This module examines the hyper-contemporary literature longlisted on The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize. Each week will be devoted to examining a different aspect of the shortlisting process, as well as exploring the 12 longlisted books--all of which will have been published in the previous year. In this module, students will have access to literary agents, publishers, marketers, and prize judges, all the while reading and critiquing brand new literature. These texts have not been read on a literature degree before, and this course changes year on year. It is an exciting module that differs with each cohort, and is driven by the books students like to read.

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