Research Profile

Kenneth Rooney

Biography

A graduate of University College Cork, I joined the department of English as College Lecturer in Medieval  and Renaissance Literature in 2006 after serving as temporary lecturer in the period 2004-2006. My doctoral research was funded by the IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
I teach Middle English and Renaissance writing in the School of English's lecture and seminar courses at undergraduate level, and its MA programme in Medieval and Renaissance English.

My research focuses on the literary responses stimulated by the language, art and ideologies of death in English vernacular writing in the Middle Ages - the subject of my first book, Mortality and Imagination (Brepols, 2011)

Research Interests

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007CACSSS research publication fund CACSSS, UCC
2007CACSSS research publication fund CACSSS, UCC
2000IRCHSS GOI Postgraduate Scholarship
2000IRCHSS GOI Postgraduate Scholarship
 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
The Early Book Society Member30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
IMBAS graduate journal in medieval studies, Galway peer reviewer01-OCT-09 /
 YearPublication
(2010)The twelfth biennial conference in medieval romance,
multiple; (2010) Insular Romance: Contexts and Traditions. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The twelfth biennial conference in medieval romance, University College Cork , 10-APR-10 - 12-APR-10. [Details]
(2008)Making Books, Shaping Readers,
Kenneth Rooney; (2008) The Romances of the Ireland-Blackburne MS. [Oral Presentation], Making Books, Shaping Readers, UCC , 01-APR-08 - 01-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)Borderlines XII,
Kenneth Rooney; (2008) n/a. [Other], Borderlines XII, UCC , 01-APR-08 - 01-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)Romance in Medieval Britain,
Rooney, Kenneth; (2008) Art, Narrative and Eschatology in Middle English Romance. [Oral Presentation], Romance in Medieval Britain, The University of St Andrews , 29-MAR-08 - 31-MAR-08. [Details]
(2006)The Department of English Staff Research Seminar,
Rooney, Kenneth; (2006) Strange Bedfellows: Contemptus Mundi and the Squire of Low Degree. [Oral Presentation], The Department of English Staff Research Seminar, The Department of English, UCC , 15-MAR-06 - 15-MAR-06. [Details]
(2003)International Medieval Congress,
Rooney, Kenneth; (2003) 'Macabre Aesthetics and BL MS Additional 37049'. [Oral Presentation], International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds , 14-JUL-03 - 17-JUL-03. [Details]
(2003)Borderlines VII - Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies,
Griffin, Carrie, Rooney, Kenneth, Nyhan, Julianne; (2003) *. [Oral Presentation], Borderlines VII - Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies, University College Cork , 08-APR-03 - 10-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)The Seventh Borderlines Postgraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies,
Rooney, Kenneth; (2003) “The Form of Death in the Poetry of Henryson and Skelton.”. [Oral Presentation], The Seventh Borderlines Postgraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University College Cork , 08-APR-03 - 10-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)Borderlines VII,
Kenneth Rooney; (2003) n/a. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Borderlines VII, UCC , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)Borderlines VII,
Kenneth Rooney; (2003) The Form of Death in the Poetry of Henryson and Skelton. [Oral Presentation], Borderlines VII, UCC , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2002)UCC Department of English Staff Research Seminar,
Rooney, Kenneth; (2002) “The Appearance of Death in Middle English Narratives.”. [Oral Presentation], UCC Department of English Staff Research Seminar, University College Cork , 04-DEC-02 - 04-DEC-02. [Details]
(2002)The Sixth Borderlines Postgraduate Conference in Medieval Studies,
Rooney, Kenneth; (2002) 'Glimpses of the Dead: Sight and Sound in Middle English Ghost Literature.'. [Oral Presentation], The Sixth Borderlines Postgraduate Conference in Medieval Studies, Trinity College Dublin , 30-MAR-02 - 01-APR-02. [Details]
(2001)International Conference of the Early Book Society,
Rooney, Kenneth; (2001) 'The Book of the Knight of the Tower': A Medieval Horror Anthology?. [Oral Presentation], International Conference of the Early Book Society, University College Cork , 14-JUL-01 - 18-JUL-01. [Details]
(2000)Borderlines V,
Kenneth Rooney; (2000) An anatomy of mortal violence in Middle English romance¿. [Oral Presentation], Borderlines V, UCC , 01-MAR-00 - 01-MAR-00. [Details]
(2000)Romance in Medieval England (Biennial conference series),
Rooney, Kenneth; (2000) 'The Art of Deadly Wounds: An Anatomy of Violence in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-century English Romance'. [Oral Presentation], Romance in Medieval England (Biennial conference series), University of Reading , 30-MAR-00 - 01-APR-00. [Details]
(1999)Borderlines IV,
Kenneth Rooney; (1999) 'Ther thei deth tholeden': mortal violence in early Middle English romance. [Oral Presentation], Borderlines IV, UCC , 01-APR-99 - 01-APR-99. [Details]
 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Departmental Graduate Studies Committee /
Third Year Commitee, Department of English Coordinator2006 / 1899
Website Committee, Department of English Member2006 / 1899
Timetabling Committee, Department of English Member2007 / 1899
 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC Lecturer (Temporary Part-Time)01-OCT-04 / 01-DEC-04
UCC Lecturer (Temporary Part-Time)01-APR-05 / 01-SEP-05
UCC College Lecturer01-AUG-06 /
UCC Lecturer (Full-Time)01-OCT-05 / 30-SEP-06
 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1997UCC B.A.English
2004UCC Ph.D.English
1999UCC M.A.English

I teach Middle English and Renaissance writing in the School of English's lecture and seminar courses at undergraduate level, and in its MA programme in Medieval and Renaissance English, for which I am coordinator. 

EN 1001 Medieval Literature and Society: Middle English

EN 2011 Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

EN 3095 Romance: Medieval to Renaissance (with Dr. A. King)  

En 3006: Life, Death and Afterlife in Medieval & Renaissance Poetry

EN 2007: Medieval Pulp Fiction

MA: Texts and Contexts - Medieval to Renaissance

I hold the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from UCC (2011).

As a teacher, as well as researcher, my aims are to introduce students to knowledge of the production, reception, and contexts for medieval and renaissance writing in English. My method of inquiry is interdisciplinary; both in terms of contextualising English literary achievement in the Middle Ages relative to its vernacular peers, and assessing the place of literature in the cultural networks – musical, artistic, religious – of the Middle Ages and thereafter. My goal is to allow students to recreate for themselves the cultural contexts and pleasures of these unfamiliar and exciting texts.

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2010First English EN1001First English
2010Romance: Medieval to Renaissance EN3065Romance: Medieval to Renaissance
2010Critical Skills Seminar II EN2007Critical Skills Seminar II
2017Chaucer The Canterbury Tales and Related Texts EN2011Chaucer The Canterbury Tales and Related Texts

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