Postgraduate Researchers 2016

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: Redrawing the Map: Space and Place in English and Irish Women Poets, 1930-1950.

Biography:

I attended Washington University in Saint Louis, USA for my BA (English Literature with minors in Writing and Women and Gender Studies) and UCD for my MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama.  Current research focuses on mid-twentieth century women poets’ conception of the creative self through psychogeography.

Supervisor:

Dr Lucy Collins

 

 

brandibyrd Brandi 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

 

 

  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

 

 

Sarah Anne Dunne

Thesis Title: '#Rapeculture: An Examination of Misogyny, Sexual Threat and Rape Culture on Twitter, 2016-2019.'

Biography:

Sarah Anne’s interest in feminist theory began as an undergrad in NUI Maynooth, inspiring her continued education in the MA in Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies offered at UCD. Her PhD project analyses the manifestation of sexual threat and misogyny online and the intervention of feminist politics into these practices.

Supervisor:

Dr Anne Mulhall

 

 

Iseult (Izzy) Fox

Thesis Title : Ireland’s Facebook feminists: the intersection of contemporary feminist activism in Ireland, digital media, and the fourth-wave.

Biography:

My research situates the Irish Feminist Network (IFN) in relation to the feminist fourth-wave.The thesis interrogates the way in which an online feminist community engages with, adopts and contests, prevailing hegemonic discourse: both feminist and anti-feminist, through an interdisciplinary analysis of the IFN’s Facebook page. 

Supervisors: 

Prof Gerardine Meaney and Dr Anne Mulhall

 

 

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

 

 

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 McEneff Andrew 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 Ronan Mark 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