College Lecturer
English
Room 1.66
School of English
O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
College Road, Cork

T: 021 4902583
E: h.laird@ucc.ie
Heather Laird is a lecturer in fiction at University College Cork. She was raised on a small 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 has published several essays and book chapters on the consequences of, and responses to, colonialism in Ireland, and is the author of Subversive Law in Ireland, 1879-1920 (2005).  She also has a keen interest in Irish cultural criticism, and is the author of "The 'Placing' and Politics of Elizabeth Bowen in Contemporary Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism" (2009) and editor of Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012).  
Heather Laird is a lecturer in fiction at University College Cork. She was raised on a small 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 has published several essays and book chapters on the consequences of, and responses to, colonialism in Ireland, and is the author of Subversive Law in Ireland, 1879-1920 (2005).  She also has a keen interest in Irish cultural criticism, and is the author of "The 'Placing' and Politics of Elizabeth Bowen in Contemporary Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism" (2009) and editor of Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012).  

RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am a postcolonial scholar who practices across three main research areas: theories and practices of resistance, connections between India and Ireland, and Irish literary and cultural criticism.  As my publication record suggests, however, my research interests are constantly developing, shaped by and shaping  current scholarly trends.

1. Theories and Practices of Resistance
My publications "Boycotting: Subversive Law as Alternative Law in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland" (2002) and "Riding Roughshod: Anti-Hunting Agitation during the Irish Land War" (2004) stem from my early research on practices of resistance. My monograph, Subversive Law in Ireland (2005), draws on the archival research that I conducted while writing these two earlier pieces, but also intervenes in Marxist and postcolonial debates on resistance and revolution. On the basis of this strand of research, I was invited to take part in a workshop on "Techniques of Mobilization" (2008), hosted by the prestigious Subaltern-Popular Workshop, a University of California Multi-Campus Research Group.  I was also invited to contribute a chapter to Fergus Campbell and Tony Varley (eds) Land Questions in Modern Ireland (2013). My chapter, "Decentring the Irish Land War: Women, Politics and the Private Sphere", builds on the previously-mentioned archival research and intervention in scholarly debates, while introducting a feminist perspective on resistance and the subaltern.
2. Connections between India and Ireland
My publication "India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws" (2006) develops material contained in Subversive Law in Ireland on the concept of "native law" by comparing and contrasting the translation of the Brehon Law manuscripts with the translation of "native law" in India.  A further piece of scholarship on this subject was published in 2010 in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium. I have given a number of papers arising out of this strand of my research, including a guest lecture entitled "India, Ireland and Debates about Early Law in the Nineteenth Century" that I delivered at the University of Notre Dame's Irish Seminar in July 2007; a conference paper entitled "'Primitive' or 'Barbaric': India and the Nineteenth-Century Reclassification of the Early Irish", which I was invited to present at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in January 2007; and a conference paper entitled "Time and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws" that I presented at the Harvard Celtic Colloquium in October 2008.  Due to my knowledge of connections between Ireland and India, I was invited to contribute two entries to an anthology of Indian and Irish writing that will be published in 2014 by the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Ulster, with the support of the Irish and Indian embassies.
3. Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism
In the final chapter of my monograph, Subversive Law in Ireland, I provide an analysis of David Lloyd's critical writings on Ireland.  Since the book's publication, I have built on this early engagement with Irish literary and cultural criticism, publishing a book chapter, "The 'Placing' and Politics of Elizabeth Bowen in Contemporary Irish Literary and Cultural Criticism" (2008), and an edited collection, Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012). Given both the current scholarly interest in the cultural debates that energised and divided Free State Ireland, and the very positive response to the Corkery collection, I am currently preparing a Sean O'Faolain critical reader for publication. 

Research Outputs (Top Three)

1. The most significant of my professional achievements to date is my monograph, 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. In a review which was published in The Irish Review in 2007, David Lloyd, a pioneer of Irish postcolonial studies whose work I comprehensively critique in the final chapter of my book, states the following:
"I am in the peculiar and perhaps unenviable position of reviewing a book that contains an extended critique of my own work. To be criticized is, for any postcolonial scholar, especially one working in or on Ireland, commonplace; to be critiqued interestingly and tellingly is, sadly, all too rare. But Heather Laird has written a book, Subversive Law in Ireland, which is of compelling interest throughout and as persuasive in its overall argument as it is in its detailed and original archival scholarship."
Lloyd concludes his review by stating that Subversive Law in Ireland "makes in the end a magnificent and indispensable contribution" to the postcolonial project initiated by Frantz Fanon in his seminal work, The Wretched of the Earth.
In an extended review that was published in Irish Economic and Social History in 2008, the internationally-renowned historian and cultural critic, Peter Linebaugh, refers to Subversive Law in Ireland as a "sophisticated and challenging book." Linebaugh concludes his review as follows:
"The past is not written in stone but frozen as ice awaiting passionate histories such as Laird's to melt and release into the present its rushing waters."
 
2.  Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012) 
Daniel Corkery was the most influential and provocative cultural critic of the early Irish Free State.  Since the 1960s, Corkery's name, however, has become increasingly synonymous with a narrow-gauge nationalism that, in the eyes of many, sought to stifle an emerging "modern" Ireland.  In this edited collection, I make the case for a reassessment of Corkery's cultural criticism, situating his cultural criticism within an international context of anti-colonialism.  In a review that was published in the Irish Arts Review in 2012, Terence Brown, a renowned scholar of Irish culture, describes Daniel Corkery's Cultural Criticism as a "meticulously edited, useful book" and comments on the "thereoetical rigour" of its Introduction.  More recently, in a review published in the Irish Times in January, 2013, Angela Bourke, emeritus professor at University College Dublin, refers to the book's Introduction as an "elegant" piece of writing that, "while acknowledging the trenchant criticisms levelled at him by 20th-century writers in both Irish and English, [. . .] carefully situates Corkery's writings 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 criticial 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." 

3. "India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws" (2006)
My article, "India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws" (2006), which is concerned with the relationship between the translation of the Brehon Law manuscripts and the translation of "native" law in India has also been well received.  On the basis on this article, I was invited to speak at a conference held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 2007 on connections between Ireland and India in the nineteenth century, and to contribute two entries to an anthology of Indian and Irish writing that will be published by Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Ulster in 2014. I was also invited to speak about connections between Ireland and India at the University of Notre Dame's prestigious Irish Seminar.

Books

 YearPublication
(2005)Subversive Law in Ireland: From 'Unwritten Law' to the Dail Courts.
Heather Laird (2005) Subversive Law in Ireland: From 'Unwritten Law' to the Dail Courts. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Full Text] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(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: 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: Irish Writers in their Time: Elizabeth Bowen. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
(2006)''India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws''
Heather Laird; (2006) ''India and the Translation of the Irish Brehon Laws'' In: India and Ireland: Colonies, Culture and Empire. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [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: Vandevelde, Karen (eds). New Voices in Irish Criticism 3. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Edited Books

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

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2013)'Criticism and the Crisis: Roundtable: Prospects and Futures'
Heather Laird, Seamus Deane, Susan McKay (2013) 'Criticism and the Crisis: Roundtable: Prospects and Futures' [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'' [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]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2013)2013 International Seminar on John McGahern,
Heather Laird (2013) 'The Writer as Reader: John McGahern on Irish Literature'. 2013 International Seminar on John McGahern, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim , 23-MAY-13 - 25-MAY-13
(2013)2013 International Seminar on John McGahern,
Heather Laird (2013) 'The Writer as Reader: John McGahern on Irish Literature'. 2013 International Seminar on John McGahern, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim , 23-MAY-13 - 25-MAY-13
(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. UCC School of English Research Seminar, UCC , 27-NOV-13 - 27-NOV-13
(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. UCC School of English Research Seminar, UCC , 27-NOV-13 - 27-NOV-13
(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). [Oral Presentation], Ireland-India-Asia: Entangled Histories and Cultural Prcesses, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, New Delhi, India , 29-OCT-13 - 29-OCT-13
(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). [Oral Presentation], Ireland-India-Asia: Entangled Histories and Cultural Prcesses, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, New Delhi, India , 29-OCT-13 - 29-OCT-13
(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
(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
(2012)The Rocky Road to 2016: Irish Studies: Ideas and Institutions after the Crash,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) 'Prospects and Futures for Irish Studies'. [Plenary Lecture], The Rocky Road to 2016: Irish Studies: Ideas and Institutions after the Crash, NUI Maynooth , 22-JUN-12 - 22-JUN-12
(2012)The Rocky Road to 2016: Irish Studies: Ideas and Institutions after the Crash,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) 'Prospects and Futures for Irish Studies'. [Plenary Lecture], The Rocky Road to 2016: Irish Studies: Ideas and Institutions after the Crash, NUI Maynooth , 22-JUN-12 - 22-JUN-12
(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'. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 31-OCT-12 - 31-OCT-12
(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'. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 31-OCT-12 - 31-OCT-12
(2012)Leitrim Historical Society,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) 'Petticoats and Porridge: Women and the Irish Land War'. [Plenary Lecture], Leitrim Historical Society, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim , 20-JUN-12 - 20-JUN-12
(2012)Leitrim Historical Society,
Dr Heather Laird (2012) 'Petticoats and Porridge: Women and the Irish Land War'. [Plenary Lecture], Leitrim Historical Society, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim , 20-JUN-12 - 20-JUN-12
(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. [Invited Oral Presentation], Red Stripe Seminar, keough-Notre Dame Centre , 26-APR-12 - 26-APR-12
(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. [Invited Oral Presentation], Red Stripe Seminar, keough-Notre Dame Centre , 26-APR-12 - 26-APR-12
(2011)CACSSS Postgraduate Conference,
Dr Heather Laird (2011) 'Scholarly and Commercial Publishing'. [Plenary Lecture], CACSSS Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork , 12-NOV-11 - 12-NOV-11
(2011)CACSSS Postgraduate Conference,
Dr Heather Laird (2011) 'Scholarly and Commercial Publishing'. [Plenary Lecture], CACSSS Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork , 12-NOV-11 - 12-NOV-11
(2010)Guest Lecture: The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'Daniel Corkery as Postcolonial Critic: An analysis'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Guest Lecture: The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, NUI Galway , 23-JUN-10 - 23-JUN-10
(2010)Guest Lecture: The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'Daniel Corkery as Postcolonial Critic: An analysis'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Guest Lecture: The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, NUI Galway , 23-JUN-10 - 23-JUN-10
(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
(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
(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
(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
(2010)Invited Presentation: UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'The Postcolonial Critic as Anti-colonial Teacher: Daniel Corkery's Pedagogical Theory and Practice'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 28-APR-10 - 28-APR-11
(2010)Invited Presentation: UCC School of English Research Seminar,
Heather Laird; (2010) 'The Postcolonial Critic as Anti-colonial Teacher: Daniel Corkery's Pedagogical Theory and Practice'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 28-APR-10 - 28-APR-11
(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
(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
(2009)Invited Presentation: 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'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 25-FEB-09 - 25-FEB-09
(2009)Invited Presentation: 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'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: UCC School of English Research Seminar, University College Cork , 25-FEB-09 - 25-FEB-09
(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
(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
(2008)Plenary Talk: 'Subaltern-Popular Workshop: Techniques of Mobilization',
Heather Laird; (2008) 'The Night of the Wisps: Signs, Dissemination and Insurgency in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [Plenary Lecture], Plenary Talk: 'Subaltern-Popular Workshop: Techniques of Mobilization', University of California, Santa Barbara , 01-SEP-08 - 01-SEP-08
(2008)Plenary Talk: 'Subaltern-Popular Workshop: Techniques of Mobilization',
Heather Laird; (2008) 'The Night of the Wisps: Signs, Dissemination and Insurgency in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [Plenary Lecture], Plenary Talk: 'Subaltern-Popular Workshop: Techniques of Mobilization', University of California, Santa Barbara , 01-SEP-08 - 01-SEP-08
(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'. [Plenary Lecture], Guest Lecture: Women's Studies Open Forum, University of Limerick, University of Limerick , 01-APR-08 - 01-APR-08
(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'. [Plenary Lecture], Guest Lecture: Women's Studies Open Forum, University of Limerick, University of Limerick , 01-APR-08 - 01-APR-08
(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
(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
(2008)Guest Lecture: NUI Maynooth Lecture Series,
Dr Heather Laird; (2008) 'Daniel Corkery as Postcolonial Critic: An Analysis'. [Plenary Lecture], Guest Lecture: NUI Maynooth Lecture Series, NUI Maynooth , 21-NOV-08 - 21-NOV-09
(2008)Guest Lecture: NUI Maynooth Lecture Series,
Dr Heather Laird; (2008) 'Daniel Corkery as Postcolonial Critic: An Analysis'. [Plenary Lecture], Guest Lecture: NUI Maynooth Lecture Series, NUI Maynooth , 21-NOV-08 - 21-NOV-09
(2007)Guest Lecture: Notre Dame Summer School,
Dr Heather Laird; (2007) 'India and Debates about the Early Irish in the Nineteenth Century'. [Plenary Lecture], Guest Lecture: Notre Dame Summer School, Keogh-Notre Dame Centre , 01-JUL-07 - 01-JUL-07
(2007)Guest Lecture: Notre Dame Summer School,
Dr Heather Laird; (2007) 'India and Debates about the Early Irish in the Nineteenth Century'. [Plenary Lecture], Guest Lecture: Notre Dame Summer School, Keogh-Notre Dame Centre , 01-JUL-07 - 01-JUL-07
(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
(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
(2005)Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Laird, Heather; (2005) 'Women and Rural Agitation in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05
(2005)Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Laird, Heather; (2005) 'Women and Rural Agitation in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05
(2005)Invited Presentation: Red Stripe Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2005) Presentation on David Harvey's The New Imperialism. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Red Stripe Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-FEB-05 - 01-FEB-05
(2005)Invited Presentation: Red Stripe Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2005) Presentation on David Harvey's The New Imperialism. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Red Stripe Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-FEB-05 - 01-FEB-05
(2004)Guest Lecture: NUI Anthropology Seminar Series,
Dr Heather Laird; (2004) 'Riding Roughshod: Anti-hunting Agitation during the Irish Land War'. [Oral Presentation], Guest Lecture: NUI Anthropology Seminar Series, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04
(2004)Guest Lecture: NUI Anthropology Seminar Series,
Dr Heather Laird; (2004) 'Riding Roughshod: Anti-hunting Agitation during the Irish Land War'. [Oral Presentation], Guest Lecture: NUI Anthropology Seminar Series, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04
(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'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Leitrim Historical Society, Leitrim Historical Society , 01-APR-04 - 01-APR-04
(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'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Leitrim Historical Society, Leitrim Historical Society , 01-APR-04 - 01-APR-04
(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
(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
(2003)Invited Presentation: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Monstrous Women and Domestic Females in Land War Narratives'. [N/A], Invited Presentation: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-03 - 01-NOV-03
(2003)Invited Presentation: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Monstrous Women and Domestic Females in Land War Narratives'. [N/A], Invited Presentation: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-03 - 01-NOV-03
(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'. [N/A], 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
(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'. [N/A], 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
(2003)Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Law, Literature and Land in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway , 01-FEB-03 - 01-FEB-03
(2003)Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Law, Literature and Land in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway , 01-FEB-03 - 01-FEB-03
(2003)Invited Presentation: Reflections on the Celtic Tiger, Bilgi University, Istanbul,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Race to the Bottom: Women and Work in Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Reflections on the Celtic Tiger, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul , 01-SEP-03 - 01-SEP-03
(2003)Invited Presentation: Reflections on the Celtic Tiger, Bilgi University, Istanbul,
Laird, Heather; (2003) 'Race to the Bottom: Women and Work in Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Reflections on the Celtic Tiger, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul , 01-SEP-03 - 01-SEP-03
(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
(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
(2002)Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2002) Presentation on Mike Davis' The Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-OCT-02 - 01-OCT-02
(2002)Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2002) Presentation on Mike Davis' The Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-OCT-02 - 01-OCT-02
(2002)Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2002) Presentation on David Roedigar's The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-FEB-02 - 01-FEB-02
(2002)Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar,
Laird, Heather; (2002) Presentation on David Roedigar's The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation: Red Strip Seminar, Keough-Notre Dame Centre , 01-FEB-02 - 01-FEB-02
(2001)Oral Presentation: Arts Faculty Postgraduate Research Day (Feb 2001),
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'A Conflict of Property Rights: The Anti-Hunting Campaign of 1881-1882'. [Oral Presentation], Oral Presentation: Arts Faculty Postgraduate Research Day (Feb 2001), U.C.D., Belfield , 01-FEB-01 - 01-FEB-01
(2001)Oral Presentation: Arts Faculty Postgraduate Research Day (Feb 2001),
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'A Conflict of Property Rights: The Anti-Hunting Campaign of 1881-1882'. [Oral Presentation], Oral Presentation: Arts Faculty Postgraduate Research Day (Feb 2001), U.C.D., Belfield , 01-FEB-01 - 01-FEB-01
(2001)Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Writing Peasant Insurgency'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-01 - 01-NOV-01
(2001)Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Writing Peasant Insurgency'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, English M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-NOV-01 - 01-NOV-01
(2001)Guest Lecture: Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Boycotting as Resistance during the Irish Land War'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-MAR-01 - 01-MAR-01
(2001)Guest Lecture: Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth,
Laird, Heather; (2001) 'Boycotting as Resistance during the Irish Land War'. [N/A], Guest Lecture: Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth, Anthropology M.A. Seminar, NUI Maynooth , 01-MAR-01 - 01-MAR-01
(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
(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
(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
(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

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(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]
(2013)Reveiw of David Lloyd, Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity, 1800-2000: The Transformation of Oral Space, Modern Philology (forthcoming).
Heather Laird (2013) Reveiw of David Lloyd, Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity, 1800-2000: The Transformation of Oral Space, Modern Philology (forthcoming). 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]
(2011)Review of Mark Mossman, Disability, Representation and the Body in Irish Writing, 1800-1922, Victorian Studies.
Heather Laird (2011) Review of Mark Mossman, Disability, Representation and the Body in Irish Writing, 1800-1922, Victorian Studies. 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.
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. Book Reviews [Details]
(2005)Review of Stephen Randolph Gibbons, Captain Rock, Night Errant, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies.
Heather Laird; (2005) Review of Stephen Randolph Gibbons, Captain Rock, Night Errant, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. Book Reviews [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

 YearPublication
(2015)Entry on V.I. Lenin, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies (forthcoming).
Heather Laird (2015) Entry on V.I. Lenin, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies (forthcoming). Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2014)Entry on W. Neilson Hancock (ed.), Ancient Laws and Institutes of Ireland, Vol 1, Irish-Indian Anthology (forthcoming).
Heather Laird (2014) Entry on W. Neilson Hancock (ed.), Ancient Laws and Institutes of Ireland, Vol 1, Irish-Indian Anthology (forthcoming). Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2014)Entry on George Campbell, The Irish Land, Irish-Indian Anthology (forthcoming).
Heather Laird (2014) Entry on George Campbell, The Irish Land, Irish-Indian Anthology (forthcoming). Encyclopedia Entries [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2003James and Mary Fox Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Irish Studies
1999Government of Ireland Research Scholarship
1998U.C.D. Postgraduate Scholarship in English
1996Library Scholar, NUI Maynooth
2007President's Ph.D Scholarship UCC

Associations

 AssocationFunctionFrom / To
Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Member/
Red Stripe Reading Group Member/
ICTU Global Solidarity Committee IFUT Delegate/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Cork University Press Committee /
Cork University Press Editorial Subcommitee /
School of English Teaching and Learning Committee (Chair) /
School of English Teaching and Learning Officer /
School of English Health and Safety Officer /
CACSSS Learning and Teaching Committee /

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

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2002UCD PHDAlternative Forms of Legality and their Fictional Representation
1997NUI Maynooth MAIrish Writing
1996NUI Maynooth BAEnglish and German

Other Activities

 Description

Internal Research Funding 

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


External Research Funding 

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


Internal Research Funding

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


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

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

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

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
EN2071 Women and Literature (women's writing)
EN3041 Twentieth-Century Fiction
EN3076 Contemporary Literature and Culture
EN3073 Victorian Literature
EN3106 Twentieth-Century Popular Fiction
EN3006 Africa in Fiction
EN3006 Twentieth-Century Popular Fiction
EN3007 Reading Ulysses
MA Irish Writing and Film: Land War Fiction
MA Irish Writing and Film: James Joyce Ulysses
MA Modernities: James Joyce Ulysses
MA Modernities: Postcolonial Literature
MA Women's Studies: Romantic Fiction

My teaching in the area of theory over the last five years includes:
EN1001 Foundations of Fiction
EN2071 Women and Literature (Feminist Literary Theory)
MA Irish Writing and Film: Irish Cultural Criticism
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 more experienced 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, "Africa in Fiction", for example, are Joseph Conrad's classic novella, Heart of Darkness, 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.

 GraduationStudent NameUniversityDegreeThesis
2011Felicity Small University College CorkPHDThe Semiotics of Food in James Joyce's Ulysses
2006Orla Slack University College CorkMScThe Question of the University: An Exploration of the Enlightenment, Modern and Postmodern University through the Eyes of a Pupil
2012Gwendolen Boyle University College CorkPHD'The Lidless Eye': Visual Practice in Yeats' Early Poetry
2012Deirdre O'Connor University College CorkMScGender Construction and Female Adolescence in Twentieth-Century Irish Women's Fiction
2012Darren Hassett University College CorkMScThe Role of the Public House in James Joyce's Ulysses and John M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World
2011Aoife Fitzgerald University College CorkMScThe Domestic Realm in Women's Land War Fiction
2010Futaba Kurosa University College CorkMScEcofeminism: Past, Present and Future
2009Aoife Moloney University College CorkMScRedefining Lesbian Writing: Edna O'Brien as a 'Woman-Identified' Writer
2009Nikisha Phelan University College CorkMSc'Outsiders on the Inside?': Locating 'Immigrant Writers' in Irish Literature
2009Gregory Ahern University College CorkMScFrank O'Connor and the War Years, 1939-45
2009Niamh O'Sullivan University College CorkMSc'Mothers' Boys': Motherhood in the Writings of John McGahern and Frank O'Conno
2009Sharon Furlong University College CorkMSc'Herstory' and its Presence within the Leaving Certificate History Curriculum
2007Gavin Looney University College CorkMScThe Politics of Sean O'Faolain's Literature
2007Humphrey G. Murphy University College CorkMScHomosexual and Irish: An Exploration of Gay Irish Identity in the Fiction of Colm Toibin
2007Michelle Ni Chaoimh University College CorkMScThe Irish Traveller: Sociological and Literary Representations
2006Jessica Long University College CorkMScChick Lit: Contemporary Women's Fiction: Sexuality and Body Image in Reading the Romance and the Novels of Marian Keyes
2006Shane Power University College CorkMScIrish Catholic Literature in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland
2006Martina Cullen University College CorkMScSalman Rushdie: Incorporative Form and Strategic Collectivity: Towards a Concept of World Literature
2006Brian Lane University College CorkMScAdorno on the Dance Floor: Resistance, Technology Appropriation and the Utopian in Contemporary Electronica
2005Leanne O'Sullivan University College CorkMScVirginia Woolf and the Post-Impressionists
2012Miranda Corcoran University College CorkPHDSoical Paranoia and Absurdist Fiction in Cold War America and Soviet Russia: A Comparative Study
 Student NameDegreeSupervision
Small Felicity Jane Doctoral Degree
 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2010Special Studies Seminar I EN3006Special Studies Seminar I
2010Special Studies Seminar II EN3007Special Studies Seminar II
2014Victorian Literature EN3073Victorian Literature
2014Women and Literature EN2071Women and Literature
2010First English EN1001First English
2014Contemporary Literature and Culture EN3076Contemporary Literature and Culture
2014Gothic to Modernism EN6049Gothic to Modernism
2014Irish Culture: Colonial, Postcolonial Transnational EN6047Irish Culture: Colonial, Postcolonial Transnational