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Deirdre Brady Email
Deirdre Brady currently teaches at the University of Limerick having completed her PhD in 2014. Her research focus is on Irish literary coteries of the mid-twentieth century. In 2015, she published an essay entitled “Modernist Presses and the Gayfield Press” in Bibliologica. She is currently writing a monograph entitled: “Literary coteries and the Irish Women Writers’ Club (1933-1958)”, and her recent publications include articles in the New Hibernia Review (Autumn 2017) and in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America (January 2018). Her research interests include Irish female print culture, women writers, writers’ networks, private printing presses and the history of the book in the twentieth century.
Dr Anne Byrne is a sociologist with a creative interest in narrative, biography, art and visuality. She has published on women in Irish society, feminist research methodologies and pedagogies, gender, identity, inequality, singleness, stigma, rural development and on the historiography of anthropological research in rural Ireland in the 1930s. Interested in obscure lives, subjectivities and identities, her current research, Narratives of Ireland, concerns community and individual biographies and stories as held in everyday artifacts, letters, diaries, paintings and archives in early to mid twentieth century Ireland. Some examples of written work include: Byrne, A. 2018. Autobiography, Chocolate Creams and Letterpress Printing in Virginia Woolf Bulletin , 57 (1): 24-31. ‘A Passion for Books: The early letters of Nancy Nolan to Leonard Woolf (1943-1944)’ in Virginia Woolf Miscellany , No 86, Fall 2014/Winter 2015, pp32-34, Southern Connecticut State University, USA.
David Clare Website
Dr. David Clare is Assistant Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College, UL. His monograph, Bernard Shaw’s Irish Outlook (2016) was published by Palgrave Macmillan, and his past and forthcoming publications have covered various women writers from Ireland and the Irish Diaspora, including Mary Balfour, Somerville & Ross, Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Manning, Christine Longford, Maura Laverty, and Lizzie Nunnery. Dr. Clare was co-organiser of the Irish Women Playwrights and Theatremakers Conference held at MIC in June 2017, and he is curator of the online database, www.ClassicIrishPlays.com.
Marguérite Corporaal Email
Marguérite Corporaal is Associate Professor of British Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where she chairs the interdisciplinary research group (Trans)national Europe. Corporaal was the principal investigator and coordinator of the research project Relocated Remembrance: The Great Famine in Irish (Diaspora) Fiction, 1847-1921, for which she obtained a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2010-2015). Furthermore, she is the director of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies, funded by Dutch research council NWO (2014-2017), and the Gate Theatre Research Network, funded by NWO (2017-2020). Among her international publications are: Relocated Memories of the Great Famine in Irish and Diaspora Fiction, 1847-1870 (Syracuse University Press, 2017); Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century (co-edited, forthcoming Palgrave, 2017); Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory (co-edited, Peter Lang 2017); Recollecting Hunger: An Anthology (co-authored, Irish Academic Press, 2012), Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-edited, Peter Lang, 2014). Corporaal currently researches Irish local colour fiction from the Revival period, including female authors such as Jane Barlow, Charlotte O’Connor Eccles, Julia Crotty, Emily Lawless, Katharine Tynan, Mary Tench.
Dara Downey Email
Dara Downey lectures in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and on the Trinity Access Programme. She is the author of American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age (Palgrave 2014) and co-editor of Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). She is Vice Chair of the Irish Association for American Studies, and the Editor of The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (https://irishgothichorror.wordpress.com/). She is currently working on a monograph on servants and slaves in American gothic fiction and popular culture.
Deirdre Flynn (Network Team)
Dr Deirdre Flynn is a Lecturer in English and Drama at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. A former Teaching Fellow in the School of English, Drama, Creative Writing and Film at University College Dublin, she has lectured at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in English Literature, and Drama and Theatre Studies. She recently completed a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway researching the representation of female middle age in Post-Celtic Tiger fiction. Her research interests include World Literature, Postmodernism, Murakami, Irish Studies and Feminism. She worked professionally as a journalist for a number of years and is the former Network Chair of Sibéal, the postgraduate and Early Career Network for Feminist and Gender Studies and founder of the Sibéal journal.
Tara Giddens Email
Tara Giddens is a PhD candidate with the School of English, Irish, and Communication at the University of Limerick. Tara’s thesis, “Investigating the Irish New Woman: Tracing Journalists in Media and Fiction” compares the Irish New Woman journalist with her fictional counterpart between the 1880s and 1920s. Currently, she is focusing on Irish-Canadian journalist Kathleen “Kit” Coleman who performed her national and gender identity, to maintain readership, in her popular column the “Woman’s Kingdom”.
Tara received her BA in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, at Western Washington University, (Bellingham, WA) in 2009. In 2015, she completed her MA in Irish Literature at Maynooth University. After receiving the AHSS (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) Faculty PhD Teaching Fellowship in 2016, she started her PhD under the supervision of Dr Tina O’Toole.
Niamh Hamill Email
Dr. Niamh Hamill is a lecturer in Irish history and literature. In 2015, her work She was a poetess- the world of Mary Ann Allingham 1820-1836 was awarded the Drew University prize for best interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation. Niamh is the Director of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, an organization that provides educational study trips for American schools, colleges and universities in Donegal. Niamh is also the director of the Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference, which takes place in Bundoran each January. Her work is focused on promoting the history and culture of Donegal to a global audience.
Seán Hewitt is a Leverhulme Research Fellow in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. He read English at Girton College, Cambridge, and received his PhD, on modernism and the works of J.M. Synge, from the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. His research interests focus on the interrelations of natural science, religion, and literature during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. He is also a poet, and won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016 and the Resurgence Prize in 2017.
Anne Jamison Profile
Anne Jamison is Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Western Sydney University, as well as a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. Her research focus is on nineteenth-century Irish and, more recently, Australian women’s writing. She has published broadly on Irish writing, including works by Alicia Lefanu, Kate O’Brien, James Clarence Mangan and Anne Enright, as well as on the intersections between law, literature and authorship in the early Victorian period. She is most recently author of E. OE. Somerville and Martin Ross. Female Authorship and Literary Collaboration(2016) and was awarded the State Library of New South Wales’ Nancy Keesing Fellowship for her work on Australian colonial writer, Catherine Helen Spence, in 2016. One of the outcomes of the fellowship was a collaborative online exhibition illustrating the interconnections between children’s literature and education in nineteenth-century Ireland and Australia by bringing together collections from the State Library of NSW, Queen’s University Belfast, and National Museums Northern Ireland: http://omeka.qub.ac.uk/exhibits/show/irelandaustralia/summary. Prior to relocating to Australia, Anne worked as Lecturer in Irish Literature at the University of Ulster, as well as Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, and Visiting Fellow in the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Limerick.
Lindsay Janssen Email
Dr Lindsay Janssen is affiliated to University College Dublin’s School of English, Drama and Film, where she is working on her two-year project ‘Nodes of Memory: A Study of the Uses of Famine Recollections in Irish Transatlantic Periodical Culture, 1860–1923’. Her research is funded by a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship (GOIPD) from the Irish Research Council. She also teaches classes on literature and cultural theory from the nineteenth century until the present at Emerson College’s European Centre (Well, the Netherlands). Her article ‘Diasporic identifications: exile, nostalgia and the Famine past in Irish and Irish North-American popular fiction, 1871–1891’ will be published in Irish Studies Review in 2018.
Kathryn Laing (Irish Women’s Writing Network Committee)
Kathryn Laing lectures in the Department of English Language and Literature, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her teaching and research interests are principally in late nineteenth-century Irish women’s writing, New Woman fiction, modernist women writers, periodical and print culture. She has published widely on Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, George Moore, F. Mabel Robinson and Irish writer
Eleni Loukopoulou Email
I completed my PhD at the university of Kent in 2011 and my thesis based on a fully revised version of the PhD was published in 2011. Title: Up To Maughty London: Joyce’s Cultural Capital In The Imperial Metropolis. See http://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813062242 I am currently researching on Irish women modernist writers.
My background is in publishing and children’s books retailing, but I am currently requalifying to become an archivist with the University of Dundee, Scotland. I have come by chance across the work of fellow Cork woman, L. T. Meade, and, particularly as a burgeoning writer for young adults myself, am now keenly interested in the work of this almost forgotten author and her peers.
I received my doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 (‘The evolution of Deirdre in the Ulster Cycle’), and have taught since in the Celtic departments of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. Other than the women writers of the Celtic Revival – in both Ireland and Scotland – my research interests include Scottish Gaelic women’s poetry, and the reception of medieval Irish Ulster Cycle characters in Scotland. I was previously Scottish Gaelic research assistant for ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland, & Wales, 1400-1800’ (funded by the Leverhulme Trust), and have published widely on women’s poetry in Gaelic, and on Deirdre’s depiction in the 9th-century Longes mac n-Uislenn. I am currently preparing a monograph assessing the development of Deirdre from the early medieval period to the Celtic Revival.
Sheila McAvey, chair of the Humanities Division at Becker College, Worcester, MA, teaches literature and related courses. My research interests include the problematics of female desire and definitions of masculinity in Irish fiction, in the novels of Somerville and Ross, and the stories of Maeve Brennan, Mary Lavin, Elizabeth Cullinan, and Norah Hoult, as well as the characterization of women in novels of Charles Lever. A particular focus is on ways in which these writers demonstrate the struggle for realization of inchoate sexual desires in young, single females, alongside their longing for autonomy, a growth to maturity that demands rebellion, or compromise, or, often, exile from roots that strangle such efforts.
Angus Mitchell Profile
Historian Angus Mitchell is recognised for his work on Roger Casement and the publication of a trilogy of edited volumes: The Amazon Journal of Roger Casement (1997), Sir Roger Casement’s Heart of Darkness (2003) & One Bold Deed of Open Treason (2016). This research is foundational to the retrieval of a network of Irish, British and European activists and pacifists, who challenged the structures of colonial power, international foreign policy and the deepening culture of political secrecy. Critical to this broader inquiry is the figure of Alice Stopford Green (1848-1929) and her alliances and friendships with a coterie of intellectual women, most notably Vernon Lee, Marie Souvestre, Beatrice Webb, Mary Kingsley, Mrs Herbert Ward, N.F. Dryhurst and Mary Spring Rice. With Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin, he is currently completing a study of the relationship between Green and Elizabeth Robins. They recently guest co-edited a special issue of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America (2018). Mitchell’s work has also appeared in Field Day Review and Dublin Review of Books.
I am a Ph.D. Research Student and English Tutor within the Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College, Ireland. She holds a BA Undergraduate Degree in English and Music, and a First Class Honours MA Postgraduate Degree in Modern English Language and Literature. Jade’s Ph.D. thesis is entitled, ‘Voicing Gender: Gender Identity, Ideology, and Intertextuality associated with Victorian Children’s Literature’. She has an active publication record, and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. Jade’s most recent publication is to feature in The Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction (2018) with McFarland and Co. She is also a Fiction Reviewer with the Fantastika Journal, and actively publishes in areas of cinematography and critical literary analysis. Jade’s research interests include: Children’s Literature, Gender Theory, Psychoanalysis, Adaptation and Intertextuality, Film Studies, Young Adult Fiction, Illustrated Texts, and Popular Culture.
Sinéad Mooney (Irish Women’s Writing Network Committee)
Sinéad Mooney graduated from University College Cork with a BA in 1993, and an MA in English in 1996, followed by a DPhil from the University of Oxford (2002). Having been a lecturer in the English Department at the National University of Ireland, Galway, from 2002 to 2014, Sinead joined De Montfort University in 2014 as a Research Fellow and in 2016 was appointed a Senior Lecturer in English. Her research interests include Irish literature, modernism, the work of Samuel Beckett, and women’s writing, particularly Irish women’s writing of the late 19th and early 20th century, and contemporary writing. She has taught and published widely in these areas.
Marisol Morales-Ladron Email
My main field of research is contemporary Irish women’s writing, but I am still interested in the female precursors from the past
Ciara Nash Email
I am a postgraduate in the History Department at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick who is currently doing her thesis on the nineteenth-century literary author Mary Anne Sadlier.
Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin lectures in Communications at the Kemmy Business School in the University of Limerick. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the NUI, her PhD in English focused on the cultural history of the Irish Free State, specifically exploring the production, structure and role of alternative histories, temporalities and agencies in the decades following the war for independence. Emanating from this study, she has published essays on the dramatist Teresa Deevy, on radical newspapers and journals from the Free State period, and on alternative modes of activism and political protest.
Anna Pilz is a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and Irish Literature. In particular, her research interests focus on space and place; reception and intertextuality; and literature and the environmental humanities. She has published on Irish writing of the long nineteenth century, Irish theatre history, and Irish women’s writing. She is co-editor of Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty (Manchester University Press, 2016). A chapter on Lady Augusta Gregory and forestry management is forthcoming in a collection of essays on Women and the Country House (Four Courts Press, 2017).
I am researching Irish women writers of the 18th 19th and 20th centuries. I am interested in women in history and the history of the witch trials in the UK and Ireland.
Eadaoin Regan Email
I am a first year PhD student in UCC. My project links with the aims of this site. My project discusses the narrative representations of psychological disorder in Irish women’s writing 1850-1914. I am currently researching ill studied texts in conjunction with psychoanalytic, postcolonial, feminist and narrative theory. The main research questions are; what psychological disorders are represented in the narrative and do the texts suggest these disorders are the result of universal struggles with femininity confined by patriarchal society or are they due to postcolonial issues. While I am in the initial stages of my research, I am looking forward to becoming more involved with conferences and promotion of engagement with these critically neglected texts in the near future.
Matthew L. Reznicek is Assistant Professor of English at Creighton University where he teaches Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Literature. He is the author of The European Metropolis: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists (Clemson University Press, 2017) and numerous articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish women writers. Currently, he is completing a manuscript on Opera and Irish Women Writers.
Nadia Smith Email
Nadia Smith received her Ph.D, in Irish history from Boston College, where she has also taught. She is the author of A ‘Manly Study’? Irish Women Historians, 1868-1949 and Dorothy Macardle: A Life, as well as several articles on Irish women writers, including ‘A Good Quaker and a Bad Sinn Feiner’: Identity Formation in Rosamond Jacob’s Diary. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway in Spring 2018.
John R Spiers Website
John R Spiers is a scholar of publishing history [Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London] and as a publisher I am much interested in the work of the network and its members.
He still holds academic appointments at The School of Advanced Study in the University of London, in the Ruskin Programme at The University of Lancaster, and in the Global Policy Institute at London Metropolitan University.
John built The Harvester Press from scratch over 20 years. It then formed a group of companies sold to Simon & Schuster. John’s other imprint, Wheatsheaf Books, published successful text-books. As with his previous company, he again stresses academic distinction, quality in production, and effective sales.
Dr Whitney Standlee specialises in the study of Irish women’s writing, particularly the process of recuperating the reputations of overlooked or understudied Irish women writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Further research interests include writings of Irish exile and the diaspora, Ireland’s contribution to and engagement with the literary fin de siècle, and the intersection of Irish literature, politics and popular culture.
Julie Anne Stevens (Network Team)
Julie Anne Stevens lectures in the School of English, Dublin City University. From 2009 to 2017 she served as the Director for the Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture in St. Patrick’s College and then in Dublin City University when the universities merged. From 2017 to 2019 she is visiting professor in John Paul Catholic University, San Diego, California. She publishes and lectures on Irish literature and the visual arts, women’s writing, illustrated children’s books, and short fiction. She published The Irish Scene in Somerville and Ross in 2007 and co-edited The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century in 2010. Somerville Press published her latest book, Two Irish Girls in Bohemia: The Drawings and Writings of E. Œ. Somerville and Martin Ross, in 2017.
Pilar Villar Argaiz Website
Pilar Villar-Argáiz is a Senior Lecturer of English in the Department of English Philology at the University of Granada and currently the Head of the Centre for Irish Studies at the University of Granada . She is the author of the books Eavan Boland’s Evolution as an Irish Woman Poet: An Outsider within an Outsider’s Culture (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007) and The Poetry of Eavan Boland: A Postcolonial Reading (Academica Press, 2008). She has published extensively on contemporary Irish poetry and fiction, in relation to questions of gender, race, migration and interculturality. Her edited collections include Literary Visions of Multicultural Ireland: The Immigrant in Contemporary Irish Literature (Manchester University Press, 2014), the special issue of Irish Studies Review (entitled “Irish Multiculturalism in Crisis”, co-edited with Jason King, 2015), and the special issue of Nordic Irish Studies (entitled “Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion: Artistic Renderings of Marginal Identities in Ireland”, 2016). Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals of her field such as New Hibernia Review, Irish University Review, Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford Journal), An Sionnach, Estudios Irlandeses and Études Irlandaises, among others. In March 2010, she was awarded by her University with the Prize of Outstanding Research for young researchers in the field of Humanities. Villar-Argáiz is currently a member of the board of AEDEI (Spanish Association of Irish Studies). In October 2014, she founded the Centre for Irish Studies at the University of Granada. She is now working on the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and is editing a monograph for Palgrave Macmillan, entitled Irishness on the Margins: Minority and Dissident Identities.
Olga Walker Twitter
Following a career in financial management in the private sector, and as a financial analyst with the Australian Public Service in Canberra, Olga Walker is now a PhD Candidate with the University of Canberra. Her creative-practice project, historical novel, The Filing Cabinet and Suitcase, and Exegesis, Fallen Angels: The Proclamation’s Lost Warriors, focuses on Irish female emigration to Britain 1948-1954
Kathleen received a Master of Arts in Irish Literature and Culture from Boston College in 1999. For approximately 25 years, Kathleen has served as reference librarian, bibliographer for Irish Studies, and collection development librarian. Currently working in the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special collections, Kathleen is an active member of the Instruction Program that introduces students to the use of rare and archival materials.
In 2005, Kathleen worked on a project that sought to raise visibility of Irish women writers. The project included creating a research guide, and identifying the many women writers who worked in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. After identifying the women writers, Boston College library cataloging staff added a special note to the book records for the works. This search retrieves bibliographic records for the works. See notes on how to do this search in the research guide above.
Kathleen is currently managing a similar project that will allow a special library catalog search for Irish women published from 1955 on.