Research Profile

Heather Laird

Biography

Heather Laird is a Lecturer in English at University College Cork. She was raised on a farm outside Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim and attended schools in Boyle, Co. Roscommon and Sligo town.  She completed a doctoral thesis at University College Dublin and was the James and Mary Fox Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway. She is a postcolonial scholar whose research interests include theories and practices of resistance, particularly as they relate to land usage; critical/radical historical frameworks; commemoration; connections between Ireland and India; law and literature; and Irish culture since the early nineteenth century. She is the author of Subversive Law in Ireland, 1879-1920 (2005) and Commemoration (2018), and editor of Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012).  She is an Editor of Sireacht: Longings for Another Ireland, a series of short, topical and provocative texts that critique "common-sense" assumptions and explore alternative ways of thinking and being.

Research Interests

I am a postcolonial scholar whose research interests cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.  These interests include theories and practices of resistance, particularly as they relate to land usage; critical/radical historical frameworks; commemoration; connections between Ireland and India; law and literature; and Irish culture since the early nineteenth century. I am an Editor of Sireacht: Longings for Another Ireland, a Cork University Press series of short, topical and provocative texts that critique received wisdom and explore the potential of ideas often dismissed as utopian.  KEY PUBLICATIONS:Commemoration (2018): This book, written during Ireland's Decade of Centenaries, proposes ways that we can make the roads untaken in history visible and 'remember' them.  A commemoration process shaped by a desire to re-invigorate the social imagination and encourage speculation on alternatives to current orthodoxies considers not only what happened in the past, but what else might conceivably have happened.  Commemoration links the untaken roads of the past to side-branching roads in the present: real possible alternatives to dominant ways of thinking and being, outlining commemorative practices that could connect these two sets of roads. The book is described in The AAG Review of Books, as 'an excellent guide' to the 'questions of history and memory raised by the Decade [of Centenaries]', while a reviewer, in The Irish Catholic, refers to Commemoration as an 'eloquent book, written with great passion' that is 'required reading for anyone with an interest in the burgeoning field of public history.' Subversive Law in Ireland (2005): In this book, I demonstrate, with reference to the economic writings of figures like John Stuart Mill and George Campbell and such literary works as Emily Lawless' Hurrish, that the so-called unwritten 'agrarian code' of popular justice, though often depicted in political and fictional writings as anarchic and pathological, was pro-social as opposed to anti-social, emanating from an alternative moral code whose very existence undermined the legitimacy of the colonial civil law.  Subversive Law in Ireland has been cited in numerous scholarly publications and reviewed favourably in a broad range of academic journals.  David Lloyd, a pioneer of Irish postcolonial studies, claims that the book makes a 'magnificent and indispensable contribution' to the postcolonial project initiated by Frantz Fanon.  The internationally-renowned historian and cultural critic, Peter Linebuagh, has described the book as 'sophisticated and challenging', stating that 'the past is not written in stone but frozen in ice awaiting passionate histories such as Laird's to melt and release into the present its rushing waters.'  Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012): This edited collection offers a unique insight into Daniel Corkery's wide-ranging cultural concerns, encouraging the reader to situate Corkery within twentieth-century anti-colonial intellectual debates.  In a review published in the Irish Arts Review, Terence Brown, one of Ireland's foremost literary and cultural historians, describes Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism as a 'meticulously edited, useful book' and comments on the 'theoretical rigour' of its Introduction.  In her Irish Times review, Angela Bourke, a renowned scholar of Irish culture and the Irish language, refers to the book's Introduction as an 'elegant' piece of writing that 'carefully situates Corkery's publications among the kinds of international resistance to colonial mind games that have made the French-Algerian Frantz Fanon, the Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong'o and the Indian Homi K. Bhabha stellar names in critical theory.'  Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism, Bourke concludes, is an 'excellent illuminating read' that offers a 'radical reassessment of Corkery's considerable nonfiction output and a recovery of his standing as a radical, influential thinker.' 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
IRC"GOIPG/2015/3571 M McConigley"Dr H Laird :: The Border in Contemporary Irish Fiction 1970-2014.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1530-SEP-18€70,652.00
IRC"GOIPG/2015/3347 Yen-Chi Wu" Professor Claire Connolly and Dr Heather Laird: John McGahern and Modernity.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1530-SEP-18€70,652.00
IRC"GOIPD/2015/687 A Hanna"Dr H Laird ; Literature and Legislation in Ireland - Peotic Justice.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1530-SEP-17€89,065.00
IRC"GOIPG/2014/11 Rebecca Graham" Dr Maureen O'Connor and Dr Heather Laird: An Econfeminist Reading of Eilis Ni Dhuibhne's Fiction.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1430-OCT-17€69,711.00
IRC GOIPD/2013/394 Liam Lanigan ; Dublins of the Future - The City in Irish Modernism.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1330-SEP-14€43,626.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2018)Commemoration (Sireacht: Longings for Another Ireland).
Heather Laird (2018) Commemoration (Sireacht: Longings for Another Ireland). Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2005)Subversive Law in Ireland: From 'Unwritten Law' to the Dail Courts, 1879-1920.
Heather Laird (2005) Subversive Law in Ireland: From 'Unwritten Law' to the Dail Courts, 1879-1920. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Full Text] [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2012)Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings
Heather Laird (Ed.). (2012) Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings. Cork: Cork University Press. [Full Text] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)''Writing Working-Class Irish Women''
Heather Laird (2017) ''Writing Working-Class Irish Women'' In: Michael Pierse (eds). A Cambridge History of Irish Working-Class Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2013)''Decentring the Irish Land War: Women, Politics and the Private Sphere''
Heather Laird (2013) ''Decentring the Irish Land War: Women, Politics and the Private Sphere'' In: Fergus Campbell and Tony Varley (eds). Land Questions in Modern Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2009)''The Placing and Politics of Elizabeth Bowen in Contemporary Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism''
Heather Laird; (2009) ''The Placing and Politics of Elizabeth Bowen in Contemporary Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism'' In: Eibhear Walshe (eds). Irish Writers in their Time: Elizabeth Bowen. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Full Text] [Details]
(2006)''India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws''
Heather Laird; (2006) ''India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws'' In: Tadhg Foley and Maureen O'Connor (eds). India and Ireland: Colonies, Culture and Empire. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Full Text] [Details]
(2002)''Boycotting: Subversive Law as Alternative Law in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland''
Heather Laird (2002) ''Boycotting: Subversive Law as Alternative Law in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland'' In: Karen Vandevelde (eds). New Voices in Irish Criticism 3. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)''An Ireland as Complex and Various as Possible: Sean O'Faolain's Writings on Partition as a Precursor to Peace Process Republicanism''
Heather Laird (2018) ''An Ireland as Complex and Various as Possible: Sean O'Faolain's Writings on Partition as a Precursor to Peace Process Republicanism''. Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture, 45 (1) [Details]
(2015)''European Postcolonial Studies and Ireland: Towards a Conversation Amongst the Colonised of Europe''
Heather Laird (2015) ''European Postcolonial Studies and Ireland: Towards a Conversation Amongst the Colonised of Europe''. Postcolonial Studies, 18 (4):384-396 [Details]
(2013)''Criticism and the Crisis: Roundtable: Prospects and Futures''
Heather Laird, Seamus Deane, Susan McKay (2013) ''Criticism and the Crisis: Roundtable: Prospects and Futures''. The Irish Review, 46 (Autumn 2013) :88-104 [Details]
(2004)''Riding Roughshod: Anti-Hunting Agitation During the Irish Land War''
Heather Laird (2004) ''Riding Roughshod: Anti-Hunting Agitation During the Irish Land War''. Irish Journal of Anthropology, VII (*):17-36 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2010)Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium (Cambridge: The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University)
Heather Laird; (2010) 'Time and the Irish: An Analysis of the Temporal Frameworks employed by Sir Henry Maine, Eoin MacNeill, and James Connolly in their Writings on Early Modern Ireland' . In: Kassandra Conley, Edyta Lehmann, Sarah Zeiser eds. Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium (Cambridge: The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University) Harvard University, , pp.128-141 [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2017)Review of Leeann Lane and William Murphy, Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century, Nineteenth-Century Prose 45.1 (Spring 2018).
Heather Laird (2017) Review of Leeann Lane and William Murphy, Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century, Nineteenth-Century Prose 45.1 (Spring 2018). Book Reviews [Details]
(2015)Review of Tina O'Toole, The Irish New Woman, Victorian Studies 58.1 (Autumn 2015).
Heather Laird (2015) Review of Tina O'Toole, The Irish New Woman, Victorian Studies 58.1 (Autumn 2015). Book Reviews [Details]
(2014)Review of Kelly Matthews, The Bell Magazine and the Representation of Irish Identity, The Irish Review 48 (Summer 2014).
Heather Laird (2014) Review of Kelly Matthews, The Bell Magazine and the Representation of Irish Identity, The Irish Review 48 (Summer 2014). Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Reveiw of David Lloyd, Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity, 1800-2000: The Transformation of Oral Space, Modern Philology III.2 (November 2013).
Heather Laird (2013) Reveiw of David Lloyd, Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity, 1800-2000: The Transformation of Oral Space, Modern Philology III.2 (November 2013). Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Review of Sara L. Maurer, The Dispossessed State, RaVoN 63 (April 2013).
Heather Laird (2013) Review of Sara L. Maurer, The Dispossessed State, RaVoN 63 (April 2013). Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Review of James H. Murphy (ed.), The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. IV: The Irish Book in English, 1800-1891, Victorian Studies 55.3 (Spring 2013).
Heather Laird (2013) Review of James H. Murphy (ed.), The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. IV: The Irish Book in English, 1800-1891, Victorian Studies 55.3 (Spring 2013). Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Review of Mark Mossman, Disability, Representation and the Body in Irish Writing, 1800-1922, Victorian Studies 53.4 (Summer 2011).
Heather Laird (2011) Review of Mark Mossman, Disability, Representation and the Body in Irish Writing, 1800-1922, Victorian Studies 53.4 (Summer 2011). Book Reviews [Details]
(2009)Review of David Foxton, Revolutionary Lawyers: Sinn Fein and Crown Courts in Ireland and Britain, 1916-1923, The Journal of British Studies 48.4 (October 2009).
Heather Laird; (2009) Review of David Foxton, Revolutionary Lawyers: Sinn Fein and Crown Courts in Ireland and Britain, 1916-1923, The Journal of British Studies 48.4 (October 2009). Book Reviews [Details]
(2005)Review of Stephen Randolph Gibbons, Captain Rock, Night Errant, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 31.1 (Spring 2005).
Heather Laird; (2005) Review of Stephen Randolph Gibbons, Captain Rock, Night Errant, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 31.1 (Spring 2005). Book Reviews [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

 YearPublication
(2018)Entry on George Campbell's The Irish Land, Mutual Regard: An Anthology of Indo-Irish Writings (Delhi: DK Printworld, 2018).
Heather Laird (2018) Entry on George Campbell's The Irish Land, Mutual Regard: An Anthology of Indo-Irish Writings (Delhi: DK Printworld, 2018). . Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]
(2015)Entry on V.I. Lenin, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies.
Heather Laird (2015) Entry on V.I. Lenin, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. . Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2019)'Decade of Commemoration: Let's Tell the People's History', Liberty Newspaper 18.1 (February 2019), p. 23.
Heather Laird (2019) 'Decade of Commemoration: Let's Tell the People's History', Liberty Newspaper 18.1 (February 2019), p. 23. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Online Multimedia

 YearPublication
(2019)What are the Roots of the Irish Obsession with Property? RTE Brainstorm (March 2019).
Heather Laird (2019) What are the Roots of the Irish Obsession with Property? RTE Brainstorm (March 2019). Online Multimedia [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)Keynote Lecture: The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Annual Conference: Dreams of the Future in Nineteenth-Century Ireland,
Dr Heather Laird (2019) Past Futures: Irish Land Agitation and the Roads Untaken. [Keynote Speaker], Keynote Lecture: The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Annual Conference: Dreams of the Future in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester , 27-JUN-19 - 28-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019)Keynote Lecture: Law and Literature Symposium: The Irish Case, Dublin City University,
Dr Heather Laird (2019) James Joyce, the Cattle Economy and the Unwritten Agrarian Code. [Keynote Speaker], Keynote Lecture: Law and Literature Symposium: The Irish Case, Dublin City University, Dublin City University , 06-APR-19. [Details]
(2019)Guest Lecture: MA Module (Women in Ireland: Reforms, Movements and Revolutions, 1840-1930), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,
Heather Laird (2019) Women and the Irish Land War. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: MA Module (Women in Ireland: Reforms, Movements and Revolutions, 1840-1930), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , 26-FEB-19. [Details]
(2019)Fourth Indo-Irish Lecture,
Heather Laird (2019) 'Remembering Past Futures: Ireland's Decade of Centenaries and the Roads Untaken in History'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Fourth Indo-Irish Lecture, Guest Lecture, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , 25-FEB-19. [Details]
(2019)Guest Lecture: MA Module (Women in Ireland: Reforms, Movements and Revolutions, 1840-1930), Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,
Heather Laird (2019) Women and the Commemoration of the 1916 Rising. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: MA Module (Women in Ireland: Reforms, Movements and Revolutions, 1840-1930), Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , 23-FEB-19. [Details]
(2019)Irish Studies Seminar Series,
Heather Laird (2019) 'Commemoration Against the Grain'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Irish Studies Seminar Series, Guest Lecture, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast , 18-FEB-19. [Details]
(2019)Department of English Seminar Series,
Heather Laird (2019) 'Commemoration Against the Grain'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Department of English Seminar Series, Guest Lecture, NUI Maynooth , 11-FEB-19. [Details]
(2019)Commemorating 'Difficult' History,
Heather Laird (2019) Participant in Q + A, following a special preview screening of RTE and UCC's documentary 'The Irish Revolution'. [Other], Commemorating 'Difficult' History, Cork Opera House , 29-JAN-19. [Details]
(2019)Trade Union Week, UCC Students Union,
Heather Laird (2019) 'The Neoliberal Workplace: Impact and Responses'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Trade Union Week, UCC Students Union, University College Cork , 15-JAN-19. [Details]
(2018)Women in Literature: Roundtable Discussion (organised by UCC English Society and UCC Feminist Society),
Heather Laird (2018) 'Women in Literature: Some Reflections'. [Oral Presentation], Women in Literature: Roundtable Discussion (organised by UCC English Society and UCC Feminist Society), University College Cork , 20-NOV-18. [Details]
(2018)'All Things Considered . . . Material Culture and Memory',
Heather Laird (2018) '1916 Memorabilia: Owning the Rising'. [Oral Presentation], 'All Things Considered . . . Material Culture and Memory', University College Cork , 10-NOV-18. [Details]
(2018)'Social Imaginaries of the Dead',
Heather Laird (2018) Respondant to Margrit Shildrick, 'Rethinking the Temporality of Death: Some Bioscientific and Philosophical Considerations'. [Other], 'Social Imaginaries of the Dead', University College Cork , 19-SEP-18. [Details]
(2018)Carrick Water Music Festival,
Heather Laird (2018) 'Radical Remembrance: Commemoration and the Roads Untaken in History'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Carrick Water Music Festival, Carrick-on-Shannon , 14-JUL-18. [Details]
(2018)ACIS (Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies),
Heather Laird (2018) 'Commemoration against the Grain: Remembering Alternative Concepts and Practices of Land Usage in Nineteeth- and Early Twentieth-Century Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], ACIS (Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies), University College Cork , 22-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)ACIS (Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies),
Heather Laird (2018) Roundtable: 'Elizabeth Bowen's Environments'. [Oral Presentation], ACIS (Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies), University College Cork , 20-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)ACIS (Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies),
Heather Laird (2018) Chair: Roundtable - 'Mapping Revolutionary Ireland and Making the Atlas of the Irish Revolution'. [Other], ACIS (Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies), University College Cork , 19-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)'Sex, Sexuality and Reproduction: Historical Perspectives',
Heather Laird (2018) 'I don't know what any o' yous ud do without your ma: Common Tropes in the Representation of Working-Class Motherhood in Irish Literature'. [Oral Presentation], 'Sex, Sexuality and Reproduction: Historical Perspectives', University College Cork , 28-APR-18. [Details]
(2018)'The Irish Working Class: History, Politics, Literature',
Heather Laird (2018) 'Writing Working-Class Irish Mothers'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 'The Irish Working Class: History, Politics, Literature', Feile an Phobail: Falls Road Library , 15-MAR-18. [Details]
(2017)Women's Voices in Ireland: From the Decade of Revolution to the Decade to Centenaries,
Heather Laird (2017) Televising the Rising: Women, History and Commemoration. [Oral Presentation], Women's Voices in Ireland: From the Decade of Revolution to the Decade to Centenaries, University College Cork, Cork , 10-JUL-17. [Details]
(2016)Transformations in Irish Culture: New Perspectives, A Symposium in Honour of Luke Gibbons,
Heather Laird (2016) 'Reading Rebellion: Women, History and Commemoration'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Transformations in Irish Culture: New Perspectives, A Symposium in Honour of Luke Gibbons, NUI Maynooth , 18-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Heather Laird (2016) 'Reading Rebellion: Women, History and Commemoration'. [Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 16-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)'Reconsidering the Rising': Public Lecture Series,
Heather Laird (2016) 'Remembering Past Futures: Commemoration and the Roads Untaken'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], 'Reconsidering the Rising': Public Lecture Series, University College Cork , 26-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016)Crisis and Commemoration in Modern Ireland, 1916-2016,
Heather Laird (2016) 'Remembering Past Futures: Commemoration and the Roads Untaken'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Crisis and Commemoration in Modern Ireland, 1916-2016, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick , 14-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016)IASIL 2016,
Heather Laird (2016) 'Remembering Past Futures: Commemoration and the Roads Untaken'. [Keynote Speaker], IASIL 2016, University College Cork , 29-JUL-16. [Details]
(2016)Learning Neighbourhoods,
Heather Laird (2016) Daniel Corkery and Sean O'Faolain: A Reassessment'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Learning Neighbourhoods, Ballyphehane Community Centre , 04-MAY-16. [Details]
(2016)The House in the Mind: Architectural Space and the Imagination,
Heather Laird (2016) 'Domestic Ideology in Late-Nineteenth-Century Irish Land War Fiction'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The House in the Mind: Architectural Space and the Imagination, Wadham College, Oxford , 16-MAR-16. [Details]
(2015)UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Heather Laird (2015) 'Writing Working-Class Irish Women: From O'Casey to Morrissy'. [Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 21-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)'Ten Minute Tale': Culture Night,
Heather Laird (2015) 'Harper Lee's New Novel'. [Oral Presentation], 'Ten Minute Tale': Culture Night, University College Cork , 18-SEP-15. [Details]
(2015)Daniel Corkery Summer School,
Heather Laird (2015) 'Daniel Corkery and Sean O'Faolain: A Reassessment'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Daniel Corkery Summer School, Inchigeelagh , 19-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015)Red Stripe Symposium Five: 'Alternative Hedonism: Capitalism, Consumption and the Good Life',
Heather Laird (2015) Symposium Organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Red Stripe Symposium Five: 'Alternative Hedonism: Capitalism, Consumption and the Good Life', Headfort School, Kells, Co. Meath , 27-JUN-19. [Details]
(2015)John McGahern Workshop,
Heather Laird (2015) John McGahern Workshop for International Graduate Students. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], John McGahern Workshop, University College Cork , 13-APR-15. [Details]
(2015)Northern/Irish Feminists Judgements Project: Interdisciplinary Panel,
Heather Laird (2015) 'Law, Colonialism and Anti-Colonial Resistance'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Northern/Irish Feminists Judgements Project: Interdisciplinary Panel, University College Cork , 06-FEB-15. [Details]
(2014)UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Heather Laird (2014) 'An Ireland as Complex and Various as Possible: Partition and Pluralism in Sean O'Faolain's Criticial Writings'. [Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 10-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)Red Stripe Reading Group,
Heather Laird (2014) Presentation on Hester Eisenstein's Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites use Women's Labour and Ideas to Exploit the World. [Oral Presentation], Red Stripe Reading Group, Dublin , 01-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014)'What's Left?': Radicalism and the Academy,
Heather Laird (2014) 'Reading/Resisting the Neo-Liberal University: Some Speculations'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 'What's Left?': Radicalism and the Academy, University College Cork , 29-APR-14. [Details]
(2013)2013 International Seminar on John McGahern,
Heather Laird (2013) 'The Writer as Reader: John McGahern on Irish Literature'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], 2013 International Seminar on John McGahern, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim , 23-MAY-13 - 25-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Heather Laird (2013) From 'Dirty Books' to Dying Worlds: John McGahern on the Limitations of Post-revolutionary Ireland. [Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, UCC , 27-NOV-13 - 27-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013)Ireland-India-Asia: Entangled Histories and Cultural Prcesses, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India,
Heather Laird (2013) 'As if we had a large body of English colonists settled in India backed by English law and English courts': The Influence of India on George Campbell's The Irish Land (1869). [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Ireland-India-Asia: Entangled Histories and Cultural Prcesses, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, New Delhi, India , 29-OCT-13 - 29-OCT-13. [Details]
(2013)Invited Presentation: MA in Irish Revolution, 1912-1923, UCC,
Heather Laird (2013) Dail Courts: Context and Analysis. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: MA in Irish Revolution, 1912-1923, UCC, UCC , 10-JAN-13 - 10-JAN-13. [Details]
(2012)The Rocky Road to 2016: Irish Studies: Ideas and Institutions after the Crash,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) 'Prospects and Futures for Irish Studies'. [Oral Presentation], The Rocky Road to 2016: Irish Studies: Ideas and Institutions after the Crash, NUI Maynooth , 22-JUN-12 - 22-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) 'The Politics of Going Nowhere: Resistance and Alternatives in the Writings of David Lloyd'. [Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 31-OCT-12 - 31-OCT-12. [Details]
(2012)Leitrim Historical Society,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) 'Petticoats and Porridge: Women and the Irish Land War'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Leitrim Historical Society, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim , 20-JUN-12 - 20-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)Red Stripe Seminar,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) Presentation on Catherine Chaput's Inside the Teaching Machine: Rhetoric and the Globalization of the US Public Research University. [Oral Presentation], Red Stripe Seminar, keough-Notre Dame Centre , 26-APR-12 - 26-APR-12. [Details]
(2011)CACSSS Postgraduate Conference,
Dr Heather Laird (2011) 'Scholarly and Commercial Publishing'. [Oral Presentation], CACSSS Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork , 12-NOV-11 - 12-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010)Guest Lecture: The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'Daniel Corkery as Postcolonial Critic: An analysis'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, NUI Galway , 23-JUN-10 - 23-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)Conference Paper: SSNCI Conference: Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'Immodest Women: Philanthropy and the Ladies' Land League'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: SSNCI Conference: Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, University College Cork , 18-JUN-10 - 18-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)Conference Paper: Education and Empire: The Sixth Galway Conference on Colonialism,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'The Postcolonial Critic as Anti-colonial Teacher: Daniel Corkery's Pedagogical Theory and Practice'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: Education and Empire: The Sixth Galway Conference on Colonialism, NUI Galway , 24-JUN-10 - 24-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'The Postcolonial Critic as Anti-colonial Teacher: Daniel Corkery's Pedagogical Theory and Practice'. [Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 28-APR-10. [Details]
(2009)Conference Paper: Elizabeth Bowen: Visions and Revisions,
Dr Heather Laird; (2009) Reflections on 'The Placing and Politics of Elizabeth Bowen in Contemporary Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: Elizabeth Bowen: Visions and Revisions, University College Cork , 07-NOV-09 - 07-NOV-09. [Details]
(2009)UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Dr Heather Laird; (2009) 'Time and the Irish: The Temporal Frameworks employed by Henry Maine, Eoin MacNeill and James Connolly in their Writings on Early Modern Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 25-FEB-09 - 25-FEB-09. [Details]
(2008)Conference Paper: SSNCI Conference: 'Visual, Material and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ireland,
Dr Heather Laird; (2008) 'Time and the Irish: Temporal Frameworks in Nineteeth- and Early Twentieth-Century Debates on the Brehon Law'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: SSNCI Conference: 'Visual, Material and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, University of Limerick , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Subaltern-Popular Workshop: Techniques of Mobilization,
Heather Laird; (2008) 'The Night of the Wisps: Signs, Dissemination and Insurgency in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Subaltern-Popular Workshop: Techniques of Mobilization, University of California, Santa Barbara , 01-SEP-08 - 01-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008)Guest Lecture: Women's Studies Open Forum, University of Limerick,
Dr Heather Laird; (2008) 'The Placing and Politics of Elizabeth Bowen in Contemporary Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: Women's Studies Open Forum, University of Limerick, University of Limerick , 01-APR-08 - 01-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)Conference Paper: Harvard Celtic Colloquium,
Dr Heather Laird; (2008) 'Time and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University , 11-OCT-08 - 11-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)Guest Lecture: NUI Maynooth Lecture Series,
Dr Heather Laird; (2008) 'Daniel Corkery as Postcolonial Critic: An Analysis'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: NUI Maynooth Lecture Series, NUI Maynooth , 21-NOV-08 - 21-NOV-09. [Details]
(2007)Guest Lecture: Notre Dame Summer School,
Dr Heather Laird; (2007) 'India and Debates about the Early Irish in the Nineteenth Century'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: Notre Dame Summer School, Keogh-Notre Dame Centre , 01-JUL-07 - 01-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Conference Paper: 'India and Ireland', Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,
Dr Heather Laird; (2007) 'Primitive or Barbaric: India and the Reclassification of the Early Irish in the Nineteenth Century'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: 'India and Ireland', Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2005)Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Laird, Heather; (2005) 'Women and Rural Agitation in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)Red Stripe Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2005) Presentation on David Harvey's The New Imperialism. [Oral Presentation], Red Stripe Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-FEB-05 - 01-FEB-05. [Details]
(2004)Guest Lecture: NUI Anthropology Seminar Series,
Dr Heather Laird; (2004) 'Riding Roughshod: Anti-hunting Agitation during the Irish Land War'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: NUI Anthropology Seminar Series, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04. [Details]
(2004)Guest Lecture: Leitrim Historical Society,
Laird, Heather; (2004) 'From Barbarous Custom to Ancient Law: The Translation of the Brehon Laws in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: Leitrim Historical Society, Leitrim Historical Society , 01-APR-04 - 01-APR-04. [Details]
(2004)Conference Paper: Fourth Galway Conference on Colonialism: Ireland and India,
Laird, Heather; (2004) 'India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: Fourth Galway Conference on Colonialism: Ireland and India, NUI Galway , 01-JUN-04 - 01-JUN-04. [Details]
(2003)Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Monstrous Women and Domestic Females in Land War Narratives'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-03 - 01-NOV-03. [Details]
(2003)Guest Lecture: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Celtic Research Seminar, Harvard University,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Translating the Brehon Laws: Gaelic Antiquity as Ideological Project'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Celtic Research Seminar, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Celtic Research Seminar, Harvard University , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Law, Literature and Land in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway , 01-FEB-03 - 01-FEB-03. [Details]
(2003)Reflections on the Celtic Tiger, Bilgi University, Istanbul,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Race to the Bottom: Women and Work in Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], Reflections on the Celtic Tiger, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul , 01-SEP-03 - 01-SEP-03. [Details]
(2002)Conference Paper: Postgraduate Conference on Scotland and Ireland,
Laird, Heather; (2002) 'Legal Crisis and Narrative Framework in Irish Land War Fiction'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: Postgraduate Conference on Scotland and Ireland, Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen , 01-APR-02 - 01-APR-02. [Details]
(2002)Red Strip Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2002) Presentation on Mike Davis' The Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster. [Oral Presentation], Red Strip Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-OCT-02 - 01-OCT-02. [Details]
(2002)Red Strip Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2002) Presentation on David Roedigar's The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. [Oral Presentation], Red Strip Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-FEB-02 - 01-FEB-02. [Details]
(2001)Arts Faculty Postgraduate Research Day (Feb 2001),
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'A Conflict of Property Rights: The Anti-Hunting Campaign of 1881-1882'. [Oral Presentation], Arts Faculty Postgraduate Research Day (Feb 2001), U.C.D., Belfield , 01-FEB-01 - 01-FEB-01. [Details]
(2001)Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Writing Peasant Insurgency'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-01 - 01-NOV-01. [Details]
(2001)Guest Lecture: Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Boycotting as Resistance during the Irish Land War'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Lecture: Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-MAR-01 - 01-MAR-01. [Details]
(2001)Conference Paper: Irish Studies Postgraduate Conference,
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Indian Subalternist Historiography and the Irish Non-Modern'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: Irish Studies Postgraduate Conference, Irish Studies Program, Boston College , 01-JAN-01 - 01-JAN-01. [Details]
(2001)Conference Paper: New Voices in Irish Criticism Conference (Feb 2001),
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Unwritten Law and the Alternative State'. [Oral Presentation], Conference Paper: New Voices in Irish Criticism Conference (Feb 2001), NUI Galway , 01-FEB-01 - 01-FEB-01. [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007President's Ph.D Scholarship (for PhD supervision) University College Cork
2003James and Mary Fox Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Irish Studies Centre for Irish Studies, NUIGalway
1999Government of Ireland Research Scholarship Irish Research Council
1998Postgraduate Scholarship in English University College Dublin
1996Library Scholar, NUI Maynooth NUIMaynooth

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Member01-JAN-19 /
International Association for the Study of Irish Literature Member01-MAR-16 /
ICTU Global Solidarity Committee IFUT Delegate/
Red Stripe Reading Group Member01-JAN-98 / 30-NOV-15

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC College Lecturer01-SEP-05 /
NUI, Maynooth Lecturer01-SEP-04 / 01-SEP-05
Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway Post-Doctoral Fellowship01-JAN-03 / 01-JAN-05
NUI, Maynooth Lecturer01-SEP-02 / 01-SEP-03

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2009Ionad Bairre, University College Cork Postgraduate DiplomaTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2008Ionad Bairre, University College Cork Postgraduate CertificateTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2002UCD PHDAlternative Forms of Legality and their Fictional Representation
1997NUI Maynooth MAIrish Writing
1996NUI Maynooth BAEnglish and German

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
UCC Governing Body Member2019 /
UCC Academic Council Member2018 /
UCC Branch of IFUT (Irish Federation of University Teachers) Committee Member2015 / 2019
Cork University Press Publications Committee Member2011 /
Cork University Press Editorial Subcommitee (Chair) Chair2015 /
Cork University Press Editorial Subcommittee Member2010 / 2015
CACSSS Library Committee School of English Representative2019 /
CACSSS Learning and Teaching Committee School of English Representative2012 / 2019
SEMC (School Executive Management Committee) School Teaching Officer2009 /
School of English Teaching and Learning Officer School Officer2007 /
School of English Teaching and Learning Committee (Chair) Chair2007 /
School of English Quality Review Teaching and Learning Sub-committee Chair2016 / 2017
School of English Quality Review Committee Chair2009 / 2010
School of English Curriculum Review Committee Member2018 /
School of English First Year Curriculum Reform Committee Member2013 / 2014
CKE MA Irish Writing and Film Curriculum Reform Committee Co-chair2012 / 2013
School of English Workloads Committee Member2006 / 2007
School of English Second Year Committee Chair2007 / 2008
School of English First Year Committee Member2006 / 2007
School of English Second Year Committee Member2005 / 2006
IASIL 2016 Conference Committee Conference Organiser2015 / 2016
4Th Galway Conference of Colonialism Conference Organiser2003 / 2004

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
BBC One, Who Do You Think You Are?
In 2014, I advised the production team in advance of the Julie Walters episode and explained documents relating to rural violence during the Land War period to Julie Walters on air (Season11, Episode 1). In 2015, I advised the WDYTYA production team in advance of the Mark Gatiss episode and explained documents relating to land agitation in rural Derry during to the Plantation of Ulster to Mark Gatiss on air (Season 12, Episode 9). In 2018, I advised I advised the WDYTYA production team on documents relating to agrarian violence in pre-Famine Ireland.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Etudes Irlandaises Referee01-FEB-19 - 31-MAY-19
Irish Studies Review Referee01-MAR-17 - 30-JUN-17
Victorian Studies Referee01-MAR-18 - 31-JUL-18

Other Activities

 Description

Media Engagement: RTE Radio One, The History Show, "The Irish Revolution - Memory and Commemoration."  Member of a recorded roundtable following a Special Preview Screening of RTE and UCC's documentary The Irish Revolution, Cork Opera House, Jan 2019.  The discussion was broadcast on 17 March 2019.

Media Engagement: NewsTalk Radio, Talking History Show, "The Irish Revolution: A History of the Rebel County", Kingsley Hotel, Cork, 15 May 2017.  Member of a panel of experts that took part in a live interview and discussion.

Media Engagement: BBC One, Who Do You Think You Are?: Mark Gatiss, Season 12, Episode 9, 8 October 2015.  Advised production team in advance of the programme, and discussed documents with Mark Gatiss on air relating to land agitation in rural Derry during the Plantation of Ulster.

Media Engagement: BBC One, Who Do You Think You Are?: Julie Walters, Season 11, Episode 1, 7 August 2014.  Advised production team in advance of the programme, and discussed documents with Julie Walters on air relating to Irish rural violence during the Land War period.

Media Engagement: Pat Collins, Living in a Coded Land, Harvest Films, 2014.  Interviewed in this documentary on the impact of colonialism on concepts and practices of land usage in Ireland.

Awards Assessor: Assessor for NUI Government of Ireland Scholarships, Brazil (2015)

Awards Assessor: Judge for Global Undergraduate awards (2013)

Awards Assessor: Assessor for NUI Travelling Studentship (2008)

Internal Research Funding: CACSSS Research Support Fund: For Delivery of Annual Indo-Irish Studies Lecture (2019): £488.34

Internal Research Funding: School of English Research Support Fund: For Attendance of Sex, Sexuality and Reproduction Conference: Historical Perspectives (2018): £60

Internal Research Funding: CACSSS Research Cluster Promotion Fund: For IASIL 2016 Transdisciplinary Roundtable on the Culture, History and Socio-economic Conditions of the Irish Working Class (2016): £800

Internal Research Funding: CACSSS Research Support Fund: For attending International Conference in India hosted by the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the School of Asian Studies, UCC (2013): £500

Internal Research Funding 
Grant in Aid of Publication, CACSSS Publiction Scheme (2011) £2,500 

External Research Funding  Grant in Aid of Publication, NUI Publications Scheme (2011) £2,000

Internal Research Funding 
Grant in Aid of Publication, School of English Publications Scheme (2011) £1,000

Internal Research Funding

New Voices Conference, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (2008) €1,500


External Research Funding 

Grant in Aid of Publication, NUI Publication Scheme (2004) €2,000


Internal Research Funding 

Fourth Galway Conference on Colonialism, Faculty of Arts (2004) €2,500

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My two main areas of teaching are prose fiction and theory.  I teach a broad selection of courses in each of these areas across a range of levels and in a variety of different classroom situations. 

My teaching in the area of prose fiction since 2005 includes:
EN1001 Foundations of Fiction;
EN1003 Introduction to Modern Literature (colonial/postcolonial literature); EN2071 Women and Literature (women's writing); EN3041 Twentieth-Century Fiction; EN3076 Contemporary Literature and Culture; EN3079 Contemporary Fiction and Drama; EN3073 Victorian Literature; EN3106 Twentieth-Century Popular Fiction; EN3006/3007 Africa in Fiction; EN3006/3007 Twentieth-Century Popular Fiction; EN3006/3007 The Writings of John McGahern; EN3006/3007 Reading Ulysses; BA Asian Studies: South Asian Postcolonial Literature; MA Irish Writing and Film: Land War Fiction; MA Irish Writing and Film: James Joyce Ulysses/James Joyce's 'The Dead'; MA Irish Writing and Film: Colonial/Postcolonial Literature; MA Modernities: James Joyce Ulysses; MA Modernities: Postcolonial Literature; MA Women's Studies: Romantic Fiction; MA Women's Studies: African Women's Writing

My teaching in the area of theory over the last five years includes:

EN1001 Foundations of Fiction;
EN1004 Theories (Postcolonial Theory and Marxist Theory); EN2071 Women and Literature (Feminist Literary Theory); MA Irish Writing and Film: Irish Cultural Criticism; MA Irish Writing and Film: Postcolonial Theory; MA Modernities: Postcolonial Theory; MA Women's Studies: Feminist Literary Theory

From the very beginning of my teaching career, I have been keen to make my classroom practice as intellectually exciting as my research. In order to achieve this goal, I have sought advice from colleagues, reflected upon the teaching practices and strategies of my favourite teachers, and familiarised myself with the most recent pedagogical research on lecturing, leading discussions, course design and grading. Since commencing work at University College Cork, I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. I believe that my role in lecture and seminar classes is not only to communicate information and ideas, but also to help students develop the skills and competencies that they need to become literary scholars.  These skills and competencies - which include the ability to think, read, analyse and write - and best attained through teaching and learning activities that place the students at the centre of the learning process.  The learner-centred model of teaching and learning that I employ is also referred to as "active learning" in that it encourages teachers to view students as active doers and participants in the teaching and learning process.
 
It is important that students undertaking an English degree are made aware of the literary canon, but I believe that they should also be encouraged to read lesser-known literary works that - due to issues relating to class, race, gender and sexuality - are not part of the canon.  Included amongst the core texts on my undergraduate seminar course, "Women and Literature", for example, are Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, Jane Eyre, and Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions, the first published novel by a black Zimbabwean woman.  Courses structured around a mixture of canonical and non-canonical texts encourage students to consider the non-literary factors that shape our understanding of what is "good" literature. 

In my courses, I focus in depth on the aspects of the course material that are most conducive to student learning as opposed to "covering" all of the course material superficially.  When teaching a novel, for example, I pinpoint specific passages that, when deeply understood, reveal how the author develops character, establishes tension, and creates dramatic movement.  With that understanding, students can read the rest of the novel more insightfully.  My hope is that - as well as learning useful information about literature from different genres and periods of time - the students taking my courses will develop a set of critical reading skills that they can apply to the world of language, literature and culture around them throughout their lifetime.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2019Yen-Chi Wu University College CorkPHD'John McGahern and Modernity: Reshaping the Irish Literary Landscape' (co-supervised)
2018John Woods (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Tradition and the Non-Modern in Douglas Hyde's Love Songs of Connacht'
2018Mary Lawton (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'"And What are Goloshes, Gabriel?" Echoes of Hans Christain Andersen in James Joyce's "The Dead"'
2017Lauren McAuliffe (MA Modernities) University College CorkM.A.'The Re-imagination of Motherhood in James Joyce's Ulysses'
2017Philip Nannery (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'The Irish-Catholic as Other in Post-War American Literature' (co-supervised)
2017Cody Jarman (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Jumpin' James Joyce: Blackface Minstrelsy in the Works of James Joyce' (co-supervised)
2016Ruairi Nolan (MA Women's Studies) University College CorkM.A.'A Feminist Critique of Nigerian Literature: An Analysis of the Representation of Women by Nigerian Novelists'
2016Calla Smith-Triglia (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'An Uncertain Future: The Contemporary Portrayal of Race in Irish Literature in Manhattan' (co-supervised)
2016Hawraa Khalid Ashour Jasem (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Jamie O'Neill's At Swim, Two Boys'
2016Ellan Dineen (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'"From Punishment to Pleasure": Representations of Education in the Writings of John McGahern'
2016Donal Buggy (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Speech and Voice in the Films of Lenny Abrahamson' (co-supervised)
2014Laura Hallissey (MA Modernities) University College CorkM.A."Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Representations of Race, Gender and Disability in Literature' (co-supervised)
2013Marie Coffey (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'"We can't change the country, let us change the subject": Teleological Narratives and Heterogeneous Postcolonial Ontology in James Joyce's Ulysses'
2012Aoife Fitzgerald (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'The Domestic Realm in Women's Land War Fiction'
2011Deirdre O'Connor (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Gender Construction and Female Adolescence in Twentieth-Century Irish Women's Fiction'
2011Felicity Small (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'"Food, Chyle, Blood, Dung, Earth, Food": The Function of Food in James Joyce's Ulysses'
2011Darren Hassett (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'The Role of the Public House in James Joyce's Ulysses and John M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World'
2011Futaba Kurosa (MA Women's Studies) University College CorkM.A.'Ecofeminism: Past, Present and Future'
2010Nikisha Phelan (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'"Outsiders on the Inside?": Locating "Immigrant Writers" in Irish Literature'
2010Aoife Moloney (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Redefining Lesbian Writing: Edna O'Brien as a "Woman-Identified" Writer'
2009Gregory Ahern (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Frank O'Connor and the War Years, 1939-45' (co-supervised)
2009Sharon Furlong (MA Women's Studies) University College CorkM.A.'"Herstory" and its Presence within the Leaving Certificate History Curriculum' (co-supervised)
2009Niamh O'Sullivan (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'"Mothers' Boys": Motherhood in the Writings of John McGahern and Frank O'Connor' (co-supervised)
2007Humphrey G. Murphy (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Homosexual and Irish: An Exploration of Gay Irish Identity in the Fiction of Colm Toibin'
2007Michelle Ni Chaoimh (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'The Irish Traveller: Sociological and Literary Representations'
2007Gavin Looney (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'The Politics of Sean O'Faolain's Literature'
2007Jessica Long (MA Women's Studies) University College CorkM.A.'Chick Lit: Contemporary Women's Fiction: Sexuality and Body Image in Reading the Romance and the Novels of Marian Keyes' (co-supervised)
2006Martina Cullen (MA Modernities) University College CorkM.A.'Salman Rushdie: Incorporative Form and Strategic Collectivity: Towards a Concept of World Literature'
2006Orla Slack (MA Modernities) University College CorkM.A.'The Question of the University: An Exploration of the Enlightenment, Modern and Postmodern University through the Eyes of a Pupil'
2006Brian Lane (MA Modernities) University College CorkM.A.'Adorno on the Dance Floor: Resistance, Technology Appropriation and the Utopian in Contemporary Electronica'
2006Shane Power (MA Irish Writing and Film) University College CorkM.A.'Irish Catholic Literature in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland'
2006Leanne O'Sullivan (MA Modernities) University College CorkM.A.'Virginia Woolf and the Post-Impressionists'

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Mc Conigley Martin Doctoral Degree
Small Felicity Jane Doctoral Degree
Regan Eadaoin Doctoral Degree
Gould Geoffrey John Anthony Doctoral Degree

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