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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.

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 ( 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.

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
Hannah Lynch.

Aisling Lyons

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.

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.

Jade Dillon

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            (Network Team)

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       (Network Team)

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).

Lisa Redmond    Email  Website

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     Email   Website

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.

Whitney Standlee        (Network Team)

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.