Postgraduate Researchers

Maha Hamoud Alatawi

Thesis Title: Realism in Conor McPherson's Dramatic Art: Global Perspective

Biography:

I work as a lecturer at Prince Sattam bin AbdulAziz University in Saudi Arabia and am currently on leave to pursue a doctoral degree in Drama Studies. I have a master’s degree in English Literature. Areas of interest are modern and contemporary English drama, realism, and intercultural studies.

Supervisor:

Dr Eamonn Jordan

 

Jaclyn Allen

Thesis Title: The (Self) Configurations of the Woman Poet in Ireland and Britain, 1930-1950

Biography:

Jaclyn Allen’s doctoral project concentrates on mid-twentieth century English and Irish women poets with case studies of Temple Lane, Freda Laughton, Elizabeth Daryush, and Ruth Pitter.  She holds an M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from UCD and a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis (USA).

Supervisor:

Dr Lucy Collins

 

brandibyrdBrandi Byrd

Thesis Title: Ethics of Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Irish Fiction

Biography:

MA University of Kentucky, 2012

BA University of South Carolina, 2010

Brandi’s research investigates the ways that contemporary Irish fiction, in its responsiveness to particular social and cultural anxieties, negotiates new ethical, narrative strategies for remembering the recent past.

Supervisor:

Dr Emilie Pine

 

Lousia Carroll  

Thesis Title: ' Something in the Water': An Eco-critical and Psychogeographical Investigation of the Relationship between 20th and 21st Cebturt Irish Writers and the Grand Canal

Biography:

Louisa has a B.A. in English and Art History and an M.A. in Drama and Performance Studies from UCD. She is an Irish Research Council Doctoral Scholar (2017-2021) and a Resident Scholar at UCD Humanities Institute. Recently her work has appeared in The Irish Times, Sunday Times and Books Ireland. 

Online Profile : @CanalWriters

Supervisor:

Prof. John Brannigan

 

Niels Caul  

Thesis Title: “You could do nothing in Dublin”: Irish Print Culture and the Early Works of James Joyce, 1882-1922

Biography:

Niels Caul holds a B.A. in Single Honours English and an M.A. in American Literature both from UCD. His current research assesses the broader cultural, historical, social, economic, and political developments in Ireland through the lens of Irish publishing history, with specific reference to the early work of James Joyce. 

Supervisor:

Dr Luca Crispi

 

Gráinne Daly‌  

Thesis Title: Ireland of Sports and Letters: An analysis of sport in Irish literature since the Gaelic revival

Biography:

Gráinne holds a B.A from Trinity College Dublin and an M.A from Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with an M.A in Creative Writing from UCD in 2017. Her current research focuses on sport in Irish literature since the Gaelic revival.

Supervisor:

Dr. Paul Perry, Dr. Paul Rouse 

 

Suchismita Dattagupta 

Thesis Title: Reading Hair as a Symbol of Resistance among African-American Women from 1920s-1980s

Biography:

I pursued my BA and MA in English from St. Xavier’s College and Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, respectively. I completed MPhil in English Studies from Christ University, Bengaluru, India. I taught under-graduate classes while pursuing MPhil. My current research interest is African-American literature, Gender Studies, Modernism and Hair symbolism.

Supervisors:

Dr Katherine Fama & Dr Maria Stuart

 

David Deacon

Thesis Title: ‘Varieties of Irreligious Experience’: Atheism in Contemporary American Literature.

Biography:

David is a final year PhD candidate. His thesis focuses on the visibility and variety of atheistic expression in contemporary American fiction as a response to the post-secular turn in literary studies. He completed his BA (History & English) and MA (American Literature) at UCD. Further details here: https://ucd.academia.edu/DavidDeacon

Supervisors:

Professor John Brannigan and Dr Maria Stuart

 

Jun Du 

Thesis Title: The Awakening of Female Consciousness in and by Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing

Biography:

I attended UCD for MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, and Beijing Foreign Studies University for MA in Irish Studies. My current research focuses on analysing the awakening of female consciousness in and by contemporary Irish Women’s writing through gender theory and exploring international readers’ responses to Irish women’s writing.

Supervisors:

Professor Margaret Kelleher

 

Sarah Anne Dunne  

Thesis Title: #RapeCulture: An Analysis of Manifestations of Rape Culture on Social Networking Site Twitter

Biography:

Sarah is a doctoral student interested in feminist and critical theory, rape culture and social media analysis. She received a MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture in 2013 and an Arts BA from NUI Maynooth in 2012.She has a forthcoming publication in Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New Anti-Feminism.

Supervisor:

Dr Anne Mulhall

 

Bernadette Fox‌ 

Thesis Title : Making Waves: A Psychogeographical Reading of the Shore and Seascapes in the Writings of Samuel Beckett

Biography:

BA International in English, University College Dublin, 2011 - 2015.

MPhil: Irish Writing in English, Trinity College Dublin 2015 - 2016.

PhD English, University College Dublin, 2018 - present.

Supervisors: 

Professor John Brannigan

 

Iseult (Izzy) Fox

Thesis Title : Ireland’s Facebook Feminists and the Fourth Wave

Biography:

This research situates contemporary feminism in Ireland within the recent upsurge in feminist activism internationally, known as the fourth wave. The thesis interrogates the way in which Irish and international case studies are representative of a ‘new’ feminist wave, in terms of the tactics adopted and the ideologies espoused. 

Supervisors: 

Dr Anne Mulhall

 

Marty Gilroy 

Thesis Title : Reading the World City: New York, London and the Capitalist World-System in the Contmeporary Post-Crash Novel

Biography:

  • B.A. English and History, 2013
  • M.A. Modernity, Literature and Culture, 2014
  • University College Dublin

Marty’s research investigates how the 2008 financial crash helped stimulate engagement with the project of “cognitive mapping” in the novel, situating core world cities within a global system of economic relations. 

Funded by the Irish Research Council

Supervisors: 

Dr Sharae Deckard

 

Jennifer Gouck 

Thesis Title: “If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” An Exploration of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature, Media, and Culture

Biography:

Jennifer is an IRC scholar who completed her BA and MA at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2016 she won the IAAS WTM Riches Essay Prize and was shortlisted for the ISSCL’s 2018 award for an Outstanding Thesis on Children’s Literature. Her research interests include contemporary YA fiction, popular fiction, and C21st American literature. 

Supervisor:

Dr Maria Stuart (Semester 1 2018/19); Dr Clare Hayes-Brady (Semester 2 2018/19 onwards)

 

Elizabeth Noelle Hewetson

Thesis Title: A Narratological analysis of the Rhetoric of Form in the Fiction of British Author David Mitchell. 

Biography:

Mitchell uses a variety of narratological tropes, metalepsis, posthuman narrators, impossible storyworlds, postmodern plots, intertextuality and fictionality in his polyphonic novels.  My research shows how the rhetorical effect of these tropes contributes to a greater understanding of the ethical concerns of his work expressed at the level of character and story.

Supervisor:

Dr Fionnuala Dillane

 

Kaori Hirashige

Thesis Title: Music in Early 20th Century Revivalist Literature

Biography:

I am interested in the role of music in the Irish Revival, particularly in the works of James Joyce, Lady Gregory, and Sean O’Casey. I received my MA degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Supervisor:

Professor Anne Fogarty

 

Yuta Imazeki‌ 

Thesis Title: Problematics of Technical Media in Twentieth-Century Irish Novels

Biography:

I received my BA and MA from University of Tokyo. I am interested in the relationship between technical media and 20th-century Irish novelists such as James Joyce, Flann O’Brien and John Banville.

Supervisor:

Professor Anne Fogarty

 

Eve Kearney

Thesis Title: '‘No Country for Young Men’: Representations of Contemporary Irish Masculinity in the post-Celtic Tiger Short Story'

Biography:

2011–14: Single Subject Major in English degree at UCD

2014–15: MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture at The University of Manchester

2016– : Structured PhD programme at UCD

Supervisor:

Professor Margaret Kelleher 

 

Luke Lamont

Thesis Title: Act of Witnessing: Analysing the rise of documentary theatre in Ireland

Biography:

Luke completed a BA in English and Philosophy in UCD before pursuing an M.Phil in Irish Writing at Trinity College, Dublin, where his dissertation examined the representations of memory in Irish theatre. He is currently a resident scholar in the Humanities Institute, researching documentary theatre in Ireland.

Supervisor:

Dr Emilie Pine

 

Andrew McEneffAndrew McEneff

Thesis Title: A Prolonged Derangement of the Senses: A Critical Study of the work of Anna Kavan.

Biography:

Andrew McEneff is a graduate of the American College Dublin (B.A), University College Dublin (M.A) and Trinity College (Mphil). He is currently researching a PhD on the exceptional life and work of British Modernist writer Anna Kavan (1901-1968). He also lectures part-time in English Literature at the American College.

Supervisors:

Professor John Brannigan and Dr Nerys Williams

 

Deirdre McMahon

Thesis Title: Brendan Behan and European Modernism: A Critical Reassessment of Modernist Aesthetics in the Writings of Brendan Behan, 1942-64.

Biography:

BA English, University College Dublin 2013.

MA Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD, 2014.

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, 2015-19.

Supervisor:

Professor John Brannigan

 

So Onose

Thesis Title: Joyce and Irish “New Nationalisms” (1891-1922): Historical and Political Contexts of Ulysses.

Biography:

So holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Tokyo, and an MPhil in Criticism and Culture from the University of Cambridge. He has previously taught English and English literature as occasional lecturer at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He is the recipient of a University of Tokyo scholarship.

Supervisor:

Professor Anne Fogarty

 

Jennifer Preston

Thesis Title: Idir Eatarthu: Between or Both? A Study of Irish Literary Bilingualism

Biography:

Jennifer Preston completed her B.A. and M.A degree in UCD. She is currently a first year doctoral student working under the supervision of Professor Margaret Kelleher. Her Ph.D. project is a comprehensive analysis of bilingual writing in Ireland, tracing the development of Ireland’s complex relationship with language from both a literary-historical and contemporary perspective.

Supervisor:

Professor Margaret Kelleher

  

Mark RonanMark Ronan

Thesis Title: Writing Habits: Appetites, Agency, and Addiction in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature.

Biography:

2010–11: Studied Addiction Studies in the Liberties’ College.

2011–14: Single Subject Major in English degree at UCD.

2014–15: MA in Medieval English Literature and Culture at UCD.

2016– : Structured PhD programme at UCD.

Supervisor:

Dr Niamh Patwell

 

Leanne Waters

Thesis Title: Christianity, Affect, and Popular Imagination: Bestselling Religious Fiction in Britain, 1880-1910

Biography:

I am a first-year PhD student (2015-2019). My research examines the role of affect in bestselling religious fiction in Britain, 1880-1910. The study combines literary analysis, the social history of religion, and a materialist critique of the market conditions underlying the emergence and circulation of the modern British bestseller.

Supervisor:

Professor Nicholas Daly

 

Loic Wright 

Thesis Title: "How Men Should Live: Concepts and Constructions of Masculinities in Mid-Twentieth Century Irish Fiction and Memoir Literature."

Biography:

Loic completed his joint BA honours in English and Spanish at UCD in 2016 before undertaking an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama where he submitted his thesis on James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh. His current research focuses on ideas of manhood in fiction and memoirs in mid-century Ireland.  

Supervisor:

Dr Cormac O'Brien