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UCD James Joyce Research Centre

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PhD Students

Esra Aydin has a BA and an MA in Linguistics from Mersin University, Turkey where she has also taught as junior lecturer in the Deparment of Foreign Languages.  Her PhD is a comparative study of the novels of James Joyce and Orhan Pamuk which draws upon the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin to examine their use of humour, hybridity, and dialogism.

Jill Hastings completed her BA in English and Philosophy at University College Dublin. She also holds a BCL from the same university. Her PhD focuses on novel scientific and philosophical aspects of Complexity Theory in relation to James Joyce's Ulysses. Her research interests include Anglo-Irish literature (and modernism in particular), American literature, Philosophy, and Physics.

Chih-hsien Hsieh has a BA and MA from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from UCD.  His PhD examines the role of audio and visual technology in modern culture and considers how fresh inventions such as the telephone, gramophone, the cinema, and the radio shape and inform the aesthetics of Ulysses.  His translation of Dubliners into Taiwanese was published in Autumn 2011.

Sonka Ihnen has a BA in Linguistic Mediation from the University of Turin, a degree in Law from the University of Trier and the University of Padua, and an MA in Comparative Literature from UCD. Her PhD is a comparative exploration of the novels of James Joyce and Thomas Mann.  It examines Joyce's influence on Mann and considers how both writers rework the Bildungsroman in order to accommodate modernist themes.

Liam Lanigan is a graduate of NUI, Maynooth where he took his BA and MA degrees.  In 2010, he  completed a PhD on urban planning and the work of Joyce. His dissertation explores the politics of space and cityscapes in Joyce's texts and the influence of key developments in modern city planning on his writings.

Damien Lennon has a BA from NUI Maynooth and and an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research, New York.  His PhD considers the work of two key twentieth-century writers, James Joyce and T.S. Eliot, and examines how they contributed to and moulded modernist  aesthetics.  It also explores the mutual influence of these writers and probes the tensions and differences between their work.

Kumiko Yamada is a Professor of English in Rikkyo University, Tokyo. Her dissertation considers orientalism in the work of Joyce and tracks how depictions of Eastern religions and cultures assume a growing prominence as the author's career progresses. It particularly concentrates on the centrality of orientalist themes and allusions in Finnegans Wake.

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