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Eamonn Jordan

Associate Professor

School Of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168634
Email: eamonn.jordan@ucd.ie

Biography

Eamonn Jordan is Associate Professor in Drama Studies and former Subject Head (2011-2014) at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. His book The Feast of Famine: The Plays of Frank McGuinness (1997) is the first full-length study on McGuinness's work. In 2000, he edited Theatre Stuff: Critical Essays on Contemporary Irish Theatre.
He co-edited with Lilian Chambers The Theatre of Martin McDonagh
: A World of Savage Stories (2006). His book Dissident Dramaturgies: Contemporary Irish Theatre was published in 2010 by Irish Academic Press. In 2012, he co-edited with Lilian Chambers The Theatre of Conor McPherson:'Right beside the Beyond'.   

In 2014 his monograph  From Leenane to LA: The Theatre and Cinema of Martin McDonagh was published by Irish Academic Press.

In 2018 Palgrave will publish The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, a work he co-edited with Eric Weitz.  
The Theatre and Film of Conor McPherson: Conspicuous Communities will be published by Methuen Bloomsbury late 2018.

 

Publications

Books

Jordan, E. (2014) From Leenane to LA: The Theatre and Cinema of Martin McDonagh. Dublin/ Portland: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
Jordan E. (2010) Dissident Dramaturgies: Contemporary Irish Theatre. Dublin/Portland: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2000) Death of a Salesman: A Critical Commentary (For Second Level Students). Dublin: Fallon Educational Publishers. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2000) Someone Who'll Watch Over Me: A Critical Commentary (For Second Level Students). Dublin: Fallon Educational Publishers. [Details]
Jordan, E. (1997) The Feast of Famine: The Plays of Frank McGuinness. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]

Book Chapters

Jordan, E. and Cronin, F. (2016) 'Introduction' In: Jordan, E. and Cronin, F (eds). Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.1-12 [Details]
Jordan, E. (2016) 'Irish Theatre and Historiography (Part XII: Critical Responses)' In: Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.673-695 [Details]
Jordan, E. (2015) ''Black Hole Experiences: Moochers, Smoochers, Dig Outs and the Parables and Spasms of Time in Conor McPherson's The Night Alive'' In: Donald. E. Morse (eds). Irish Theatre in Transition. Basingstoke: Palgrave. , pp.33-53 [Details]
Jordan, E. (2014) ''Playwrights, Screenplays, Criminality, Gangland and the Tragicomic Imperatives in I Went Down and Intermission'' In: Eric Weitz (eds). For the Sake of Sanity: Doing things with humour in Irish. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2013) ''The Kings of Odd: Farce and Depleted Masculinities in Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West'' In: Catherine Rees (eds). Changes in Contemporary Ireland: Texts and Contexts. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. , pp.218-234 [Details]
Jordan, E. (2012) 'Introduction' In: Chambers, L. and Jordan, E (eds). The Theatre of Conor McPherson: 'Right beside the Beyond'. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2012) ''Martin McDonagh and postcolonial theory: practices, perpetuations, divisions and legacies'' In: Patrick Lonergan (eds). The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh by Patrick Lonergan - Plus four Essays. London: Methuen/ Bloomsbury. [Details]
Jordan, E., (2012) ''Para-Normal Views/Para-Gothic Activities in Conor McPherson's The Veil'' In: Chambers, L. and Jordan, E (eds). The Theatre of Conor McPherson: 'Right beside the Beyond'. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.252-274 [Details]
Jordan, E. (2012) ''That would not Happen in The Waltons': Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce', (Reworked article based on one previously published in Journal' In: Rhona Trench (eds). Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice. Oxford, Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
Jordan, E., (2011) ''Performing Postmodern Whiteness in the West of Ireland Plays of Martin McDonagh'' In: Maianna Gula, Maria Kurdi, Istvan D. Racz (eds). The Binding Strength of Irish Studies: Festschrift in Honour of Csilla Bertha and Donald E. Morse. Debrecen: Debrecen University Press. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2010) 'The Native Quarter: The Hyphenated-Real: The Drama of Martin McDonagh' In: Ciaran Ross (eds). Sub-Versions, Trans-National Readings of Modern Irish Literature. Amsterdam: Rodopi. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2010) 'The Plays of Frank McGuinness' In: Martin Middeke and Peter Paul Schnierer (eds). The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary Irish Playwrights. London: Metheun. [Details]
Jordan, E., (2009) ''Urban Drama, Any Myth Will Do'' In: Paul Murphy and Melissa Shira (eds). The Dreaming Body: Contemporary Irish Theatre. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2006) ''Look Who's Talking, Too: The Duplicitous Myth of Naïve Narrative'' In: Clare Wallace (eds). Monologues: Theatre, Performance, Subjectivity. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2006) 'Meta-physicalities: Performative Women in the work of Frank McGuinness' In: Melissa Sihra (eds). Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2006) 'War on Narrative: Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman' In: Jordan, E. and Lilian Chambers (eds). The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.174-197 [Details]
Chambers, L. and Jordan, E. (2006) 'Introduction' In: Chambers, L. and Jordan, E (eds). The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.1-12 [Details]
Jordan, E. (2003) 'The Metatheatricalisation of Memory in Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa' In: Rick Caldicott and Anne Fuchs (eds). Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature and History. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.129-145 [Details]
Jordan, E., (2002) ''The De-Privileging of Innocence and the Masquerade of the Damned: Frank McGuinness' Innocence'' In: Helen Lojek (eds). The Theatre of Frank McGuinness: Stages of Mutability. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.50-78 [Details]
Jordan, E., (2002) 'Unmasking the Myths?: Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats and On Raftery's Hill' In: Marianne McDonald and Michael Walton (eds). Amid Our Troubles: Irish Versions of Greek Tragedy. London: Methuen. , pp.243-262 [Details]
Jordan, E. (2000) 'Introduction' In: Jordan, E (eds). Theatre Stuff: Critical Essays on Contemporary Irish Theatre. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.Xi-xlviii [Details]
Jordan, E. (2000) ''From Playground to Battleground: Metatheatricality in the Plays of Frank McGuinness'' In: Jordan, E (eds). Theatre Stuff: Critical Essays on Contemporary Irish Theatre. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.194-208 [Details]

Edited Books

Jordan E. and Cronin, F (Ed.). (2016) Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Jordan,. E and Weitz E (Ed.). (2018) Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan. [Details]
Chambers, L. and Jordan, E (Ed.). (2012) The Theatre of Conor McPherson: 'Right beside the Beyond'. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Chambers, L. and Jordan, E (Ed.). (2006) The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Chambers, L. & Fitzgibbon, G. & Jordan, E (Ed.). (2001) Theatre Talk: Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Jordan, E (Ed.). (2000) Theatre Stuff: Critical Essays on Contemporary Irish Theatre. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Jordan, E. with Ian R. Walsh (Chair), Rhona Trench, Lionel Pilkington, Paige Reynolds (2015) ''Roundtable: Re-imagining Twentieth-Century Irish Theatre''. Irish University Review, 45 (1):90-102. [Details]
Jordan, E., (2014) ''Respond Or Else: Conor McPherson's The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse''. Irish Theatre International, 3 (1):57-74. [Details]
Jordan, E (2012) ''A Grand-Guignol Legacy: Martin McDonagh's A Behanding in Spokane''. Irish Studies Review, 20 (4):447-461. [Details]
Jordan, E (2012) ''Heterotopic and Funerary Spaces: Martin McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara''. Focus: Papers in English Literary and Cultural Studies, :63-76. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2010) ''Till Death Do Us Part: Communion, Alchemy, and Endings in the Work of Frank McGuinness''. Irish University Review, 40 :138-153. [Details]
Jordan, E.; (2010) ''Stuff from Back Home: Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce''. Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of Language and Literature, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies, Special issue on Contemporary Irish Theatre, 58 (Jan/June 2010):333-356. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2009) ''Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore: Commemoration and Dismemberment through Farce''. Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 15.2 :269-286. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2008) ''Kicking with both Feet?: Marie Jones's A Night in November''. The Irish Review, 38 (1):49-60. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2007) ''Menace and Play: Dissipating and Emerging Dramaturgies in Irish Theatre in the 1990s'  '. The AnaChronisT, 13 :1-24. [Details]
Jordan, E., (2007) ''Project Mayhem, an Avenger's Tragedy: Mark O'Rowe's Howie The Rookie''. The Irish Review, 37 (2):42-65. [Details]
Jordan, E.; (2005) 'The Fallacy of Agency in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman'. Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, :32-50. [Details]
Jordan, E., (2004) ''Thomas Kilroy's Double Cross: Mediatized Realities and Sites of Multiple, Projected Selves''. Focus: Papers in English Literary and Cultural Studies, :101-115. [Details]
Jordan, E., (2004) ''Pastoral Exhibits: Narrating Authenticity in Conor McPherson's The Weir''. Irish University Review, :351-368. [Details]
Jordan, E.; (2001) ''From Context to Text: The Construction of Innocence and Sexual Violation in Contemporary Irish Theatre''. Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal, :47-65. [Details]
Jordan, E.; (2001) ''The Theatrical Representation of Incest in Marina Carr's On Raftery's Hill''. Journal of Applied Social Care, 3 (1):138-150. [Details]
Jordan, E. (1987) 'Poetry- Humpty Dumpty Phones Home, Again'. Cyphers Literary Magazine, Winter 1987 (28):40-41. [Details]

Other Journals

Jordan, E. (2014) 'Interview: Why I Write' Writing.ie . [Details]
Jordan, E (2006) 'Book Review: The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama, eidtor Shaun Richards' Irish Review 34 (spring) :177-179. [Details]
Jordan, E. (2004) 'Theatre Review: Four Fringe Reviews' Irish Theatre Magazine . [Details]
Jordan, E. (2003) 'Theatre Review: Macbeth by William Shakespeare' Irish Theatre Magazine . [Details]
Jordan, E. (2002) 'Book Review: A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000 by Christopher Morash' Irish Theatre Magazine . [Details]
Jordan, E. (2002) 'Theatre Review: Stolen Child by Yvonne Quinn & Bairbre Ní Chaoimh' Irish Theatre Magazine . [Details]
Jordan, E. (2002) 'Theatre Review: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare' Irish Theatre Magazine . [Details]
Jordan. E, (2001) 'Book Review: Interpreting Synge, edited by Nicholas Grene' Irish Literary Supplement . [Details]
Jordan, E. (2001) 'Theatre Review: Cracked devised by Quare Hawks Theatre Company' Irish Theatre Magazine . [Details]
Jordan, E. (1999) 'Theatre Review: The Passion of Jerome by Dermot Bolger' Irish Theatre Magazine . [Details]
Jordan, E. (1999) 'Theatre Review: Observatory by Daragh Carville' Sunday Business Post . [Details]
Jordan, E. (1999) 'Theatre Review: Love in the Title by Hugh Leonard' Sunday Business Post . [Details]
           

Encyclopedia Entry

Jordan, E. (2003) Encyclopaedia of Ireland (contributions on Bernard Farrell, John B. Keane, Christina Reid, Paul Mercier, Billy Roche and Martin McDonagh.). Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
                                   

Electronic Publication

Jordan E. (1997) Irish Theatre Forum. Electronic Publication [Details]
         

Working Paper

Jordan. E; (2010) 'Irish Theatre in the Celtic Tiger Era', (extract from Dissident Dramaturgies). Denmark: Working Paper [Details]
   

Media

Jordan, E (2014) Happy Saint Patrick's Day from 'Talking Books'. Media Available Online [Details]
             

Foreword

Jordan,E. (2011) Foreword: The Drama of War in the Theatre of Anne Devlin, Marie Jones, and Christina Reid, Three Irish Playwrights Brenda Liddy. Foreword [Details]
Jordan, E. (2010) Foreword to Maria Kurd's Representations of Gender and Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Irish Drama by Women. London: Foreword [Details]
               

Articles

Jordan, E. (2008) 'Pastoral Exhibits: Narrating Authenticities in Conor McPherson's The Weir' (extract from Pastoral Exhibits, Irish University Review Article 2004. US: Articles [Details]
           

Other

Jordan, E (1988) Two Poems- Rights of Passage and Pillow Watch. Cork: Other [Details]
                   

Research

Research Interests

My Research interests are in Performance Analysis, Contemporary Irish Theatre, Postmodern and Intercultural Theatre Practices.

I am supervising two Phd students: Annetta Kavanagh and Maha Alatawi.
 
Availab now as e-Book will be  Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader, Introduced and Selected by Finola Cronin and Eamonn Jordan (2016)  (Over 70 essays by an array of contributors)
Apple and Kindle stores stock it.

I am currently working on two main projects:
 
The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, (2017), Eric Weitz (TCD) is my Co-editor  (60 plus contributors)

I am writing a book on the work of Conor McPherson, provisionally titled, 

Conspicuous Communities: The Plays and Films of Conor McPherson    

                   

 


 

 


 
 
     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is driven by a belief that in appropriate and integrative teaching and learning environments students will optimise individual life-long learning potentials and significantly enhance their broader social contributions and engagements. My objectives are to offer innovative, structured, generic, diverse, progressive, challenging teaching and learning opportunities and outcomes.
 

Enhancement of Teaching

My teaching has evolved through the practice of teaching, from adjustments made after module feedback ¿which I have been doing since 1998 - through research and discussions with colleagues, and also through peer reviewed evaluations carried out by my Chicago-based Dean, when I worked in international education. I was selected by her to present on intercultural education in my own teaching approaches with colleagues working from Austria, Spain and Germany at an international event in Barcelona (2005). I also presented a paper to the IES Board of Trustees (2002) on teaching at the Intercultural coal-face. As Programme Chair in Sligo IT, I visited a number of partner universities to discuss with them best practice and devised a four-year programme, which was later HETAC validated. Further, working with PhD students as particular co-learners since 2000, and, for example, having supervised work on Digital Technologies and Creative Writing, Dramaturgy and Creative Playwriting, the documentation of Rehearsal Techniques in Intercultural informed Devised Theatre, and on Narrative and Stand-Up Comedy, I needed to carry out substantial research in the area of Practice-as-Research in Performance (See Standing Conference of University Drama Departments). Undergraduate and graduate teaching has constantly evolved, evident by module adjustments, programme revisions and different teaching and assessment emphasizes. Serving again as Subject Head in Drama Studies where academic leadership and an oversight perspective on undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is an essential part of the position, I have persistently scrutinized best practice internationally within my subject area.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Some commentators use terms like problem based, task, demonstration, or enquiry-based learning to express a variety of proactive scenarios. Others again use phrases like discovery, flexible, self-directed and experiential learning as ways of describing active and depth learning strategies. While a 'student centred approach' is ideal, as O'Neill and McMahon point out, this phrase is bandied about all too easily. It requires substantial skills to generate that type of student-friendly pro-active environment. Lave and Wenger's phrase 'situated learning', is an attempt to identify 'community of practice'. Strategies to substantiate communities of practice are central to the range of my teaching, but are also an essential focal point to the reviews and revisions of curricula. Over many years of teaching, I have been involved in various reviews and enhancements of curricula. Here are a number of examples. * Active in the development of the Evening Degree Programme at UCD, along with being involved in the review of the MA programme by visiting academic panel (1994-9) * Established Drama Workshop/Process sessions for Social Science Students at Levels One and Two. The primary objectives of these courses were to equip students with the necessary skills to conduct, monitor and evaluate practice-based Drama workshops in Social Care settings. Further I worked a great deal with Social Care professionals on drama workshop facilitation in social care contexts. (Sligo IT) * Revised along side colleagues the Drama Studies MA structures and developed undergraduate modules at Stage One, Two and Three (2006-8). * Designed modules for the Creative Writing Programme and assisted in the re-design of MA (2006-8). * Co-ordinated documentation for Denominated Entry for a Joint Honours programme in English and Drama (2006-8) * Initiated the full-time, semester-long Acting programme in association with the Gaiety School of Acting (2003-) * Mentored new colleagues.

Developing as a Teacher

Over my twenty-five years of teaching, my professional development has been informed by many diverse employment opportunities that have entailed working with early school leavers, post-Leaving Certificate students, mature-aged students, students with learning disabilities, graduate students or those following a PhD pathway. My teaching approaches have been shaped significantly by these experiences of teaching, formal and informal feedback, by the training and research I have undertaken over the years. Since 1996, I have attended courses a range of course in teaching and presentation skills (UCD 1996), student personal development (UCD 1998), Teaching and Learning Strategies (IT Sligo 1999), and in training provided locally and in Chicago on issues in International Education (2002-5). Personal Performance Evaluations (2002-5) assessed teaching and administrative function, and since being re-appointed in UCD, I have responded to student surveys by revising my modules. Developments in my teaching are informed by my roles as external examiner and evaluator of other programmes¿ approaches to teaching and learning, and by experiencing other colleagues reflect on teaching practices as we revise programme structures, according to the central objectives of UCD's strategic plan for 'Academically excellent', 'Intellectually flexible and culturally literate; and 'Globally engaged' students.

Innovation & Leadership

Throughout my career, innovation and leadership are evident across all of my teaching and learning activities. I have been involved in the design and implementation of new programmes, on the enhancement of existing ones or validated programmes at other institutes. I have been extremely active as an educator and acknowledged by the trust and responsibilities placed in me by other experts in the field in a variety of different academic institutions.