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Fionnuala Dillane

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

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

Tel: 716 8256
Email: fionnuala.dillane@ucd.ie

Biography

I work predominantly in the field of nineteenth-century British literature and culture, in particular on the interactions of genre, affect constructions of authorship, and periodical and newspaper history. 

My monograph Before George Eliot: Marian Evans and the Periodical Press (Cambridge University Press, 2013) offers a reorientation of George Eliot studies, of nineteenth-century media history and of debates about the professionalization of female authorship in the nineteenth-century in its focus on the first decade of George Eliot's working life as an editor, journalist and serial fiction writer. The book is joint winner of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize for 2014, an international award for the book that most advances understanding of the nineteenth-century British Press (See http://rs4vp.org/colby-prize/). Before George Eliot was published in paperback by Cambridge University Press in 2016. My current work in this area includes book chapters and essays on genre and transmission in the periodical press.

My other main area of interest concerns the dynamic interplay between of memory and narrative, particularly in contemporary British and Irish fiction. Three collaborative research projects with colleagues in the School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, Newcastle University and University of Iceland draw on these research interests (see Collaborators). Publications in this area include a collection of essays co-edited with Naomi McAreavey and Emilie Pine, The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture,  Palgrave Macmillan (2016); a co-edited special edition of the journal Slavery and Abolition (37.3, 2016) with Maria Stuart and Fionnghuala Sweeney; collection of essays on Ireland, Iceland and Memory with Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir (in progress).


Research Roles and Commitments 
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (http://rs4vp.org/) - Board of Directors for 2015-17
Centre for Memory and Literature (University of Iceland) - Advisory Board Member
Memory Studies Association  - Advisory Board Member
European Society for Periodical Research - Interim Executive Board Member   
Irish Memory Studies Network (http://irishmemorystudies.com/) - Board Member
UCD Press - Editorial Committee Member (2014-)
COST action 1203, In Search of Trans-Cultural Memory in Europe (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/IS1203) - Management Committee (2013-16)

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
Year: 2014.
Title: Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize (joint winner)
Year: 2011.
Title: IRCHSS New Ideas Award
Year: 2010.
Title: President's Teaching Award
Year: 2005.
Title: IRCHSS post-doctoral reserach fellowship 2005-07
Year: 2002.
Title: Broad Curriculum Teaching Fellowship 2002-2005
Year: 1998.
Title: Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship 1998-2001
Year: 2007.
Title: President's Teaching Grant
Year: 2007.
Title: Dissemination and Output Seed Funding
Year: 1994.
Title: Postgraduate Fellowship for Research Master's 1994-96

Associations

Association: Research Centre on Gender Feminisms and Sexualities (UCD), Function/Role: Board Member
Association: Centre for the Study of Literature and Memory (University of Iceland), Function/Role: Advisory Board member
Association: Irish Memory Studies Network, Function/Role: Board Member
Association: Memory Studies Association, Function/Role: Advisory Board Member
Association: European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), Function/Role: Member of Interim Executive Board
Association: Cost Network IS1203 In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (2013-2016), Function/Role: Management Committee
Association: Irish University Review, Function/Role: Editorial Board
Association: Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, Function/Role: Board of Directors
     

Conference Contributions

Fionnuala Dillane (2016) Conference co-organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Member], In Search of Trans-cultural Memory in Europe: Locating and Dislocating Memory, University College Dublin , 01-SEP-16 - 03-SEP-16.
Fionnuala Dillane (2016) Pseudonyms, Avatars and Affect: Emotional Communities and Emotional Regimes in the 19th-Century periodical press. [Invited Lecture], Research Seminar Series, Newcastle University , 14-OCT-16 - 14-OCT-16.
Fionnuala Dillane (2016) Periodicals and Affective Politics. [Invited Lecture], University of Edinburgh School of English Research Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh , 12-FEB-16 - 12-FEB-16.
Fionnuala Dillane (2016) Conference Programme Committee Member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Fifth International European Society for Periodical Research Conference: Periodical Counter Cultures, Liverpool John Moores University , 08-JUL-16 - 09-JUL-16.
Fionnuala Dillane (2016) Growing Readership, Expanding Audiences: Performing Identities in the Correspondence pages of the Pall Mall Gazette. [Oral Presentation], Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, University of Missouri, Kansas City , 09-SEP-16 - 10-SEP-16.
Fionnuala Dillane (2016) 'Regulating Periodical Affect' : The Clash of Correspondents at the Pall Mall Gazette (1865). [Oral Presentation], Fifth International European Society for Periodical Research Conference: Periodical Counter Cultures, Liverpool John Moores Univerity , 08-JUL-16 - 09-JUL-16.
Fionnuala Dillane (2015) Paper Title: Making George Eliot Live in the Victorian Periodical Press. [International Refereed Conference], Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, Life and Death in the Periodical Press, Ghent University, Belgium , 10-JUL-15 - 12-NOV-15.
Fionnuala Dillane (2015) Open and Closed Cases: Plotting Time in Contemporary Irish and Icelandic Crime Fiction. [Oral Presentation], The Trouble With Memory II, University of Iceland, Reykjavik , 12-MAR-15 - 14-MAR-15.
Fionnuala Dillane (2015) Discursive Disruption: Periodicals and the Potent Politics of Affect. [Keynote Address], European Society for the Study of Periodical Research (ESPRit), Stockholm, Sweden , 10-SEP-15 - 12-NOV-15.
Fionnuala Dillane (2015) After Affects: The Art of Interruption. [Keynote Address], New Voices In Irish Criticism: After the Celtic Tiger, Dublin , 05-NOV-15 - 06-NOV-15.
Fionnuala Dillane (2015) New Old Formalism, Old New Historicism: Victorian Periodicals and the Problem of Genre. [Invited Lecture], School of English, Liverpool John Moores University Staff Seminar Series, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK , 10-MAR-15 - 10-MAR-15.
Fionnuala Dillane (2015) 'Pineapple for the Million': Periodicals, Genre and Affect. [Invited Lecture], School of English Seminar Series, Maynooth University, Maynooth University , 21-OCT-15 - 21-OCT-15.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2014) 'In type for Maga': Genre, Affect and the Periodical Press. [Plenary Lecture], Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, University of Delaware , 13-SEP-14 - 13-SEP-14.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2013) Co-Organiser of Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Ireland, Slavery, Anti-Slavery, Empire, Humanities Institute, UCD , 24-OCT-13 - 25-OCT-13.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2014) Conference Organiser. [Conference (Sole) Organiser], The Trouble with Memory: Cultures of Remembrance in Ireland and Iceland, Humanities Institute, UCD , 23-MAY-14 - 24-MAY-14.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2013) Co-Organiser of Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The Body in Pain in Irish Literature, UCD/Boston College, Dublin , 12-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2014) Memory and Silence. [Roundtable Participant], Commemoration: Contexts and Concepts, President of Ireland Ethics Initiative, University College Cork , 10-OCT-14 - 10-NOV-14.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2014) Being 'George Eliot'. [Invited Lecture], Writing Lives: a discussion of biography, writing lives and the writing life, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 15-APR-14 - 15-APR-14.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2014) Affective Historiography, Effective Anne Enright: Narrative, Aesthetics and Memory making. [Invited Lecture], Irish Memory Studies Lecture Series 2, Memory and Community, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin , 08-APR-14 - 08-APR-14.
Dillane, Fionnuala (2014) Teaching Trauma. [Roundtable Participant], International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, University of Lille, France , 15-JUL-14 - 18-JUL-14.
Fionnuala Dillane (2012) Title of Paper: ' Embodied Authenticity versus Counterfeit Presentments: John Hollingshead, Charles Dickens and Mid-Victorian Celebrity'. [Oral Presentation], Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, University of Buckingham , 28-MAR-12 - 31-MAR-12.
Fionnuala Dillane (2012) Paper Title: 'The Space for Books: commercial and cultural contestation in the book-review pages of the mid-Victorian Press'. [Oral Presentation], 20th Annual SHARP conference [International peer-reviewed conference], Trinity College, Dublin , 26-JUL-12 - 29-JUL-12.
Dillane, F; (2011) Title of Paper: Still 'waiting in the margins' : locating Irish women journalists in the nineteenth-century British press. [Invited Oral Presentation], New Scientists in Ireland: A tribute to the Loebers (UCD HII Print Culture Symposium V), HII, University College Dublin , 18-MAR-11 - 18-MAR-11.
Dillane, F.; (2011) Title of Paper: 'Hulda Friederichs and New Journalism's Newer Interview Style at the Pall Mall Gazette'. [International Refereed Conference], 'Work and Leisure': Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Annual Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University , 22-JUL-11 - 23-JUL-11.
Dillane, F; (2011) Short showcase Presentation Title: Writing Support for Undergraduate Students. [Oral Presentation], Enhancing Learning in the First Year, Cliniton Institute, UCD , 05-OCT-11 - 05-OCT-11.
Dillane, F.; (2010) 'Embodied Authenticity': The Importance of seeming to be 'George Eliot'. [International Refereed Conference], Victorian Scale and Perspective: An International Conference, North American Victorian Studies Association, Montreal, Canada , 11-NOV-10 - 13-NOV-10.
Dillane, Fionnuala; (2008) Title of Paper: Targeting Text: commercial and ideological innovations through design in the Westminster Review (1836-54). [International Refereed Conference], Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 40th Annual Conference 'Characters of the Press', Roehampton University, London , 04-JUL-08 - 05-JUL-08.
Dillane, Fionnuala; (2007) Title of Paper: Pale, pulpy and cretinous: the scientist and the periodical press in George Eliot's Impressions of Theophrastus Such. [International Refereed Conference], British Society for Literature and Science Second International Conference, Univeristy of Birmingham, Birmingham, England , 29-MAR-07 - 31-MAR-07.
Dillane, Fionnuala; (2006) Title of paper: 'Marian Evans takes on her audience'. [International Refereed Conference], British Association for Victorian Studies, seventh annual international conference, `Victorian Conflicts', University of Liverpool , 07-SEP-06 - 09-SEP-06.
Dillane, Fionnuala; (2006) Title of Paper: 'Beyond biography: the case of Marian Evans the editor'. [International Refereed Conference], `Beyond the Widening Sphere: New perspectives on Victorian women writers', Bedford Centre for History, Royal Holloway, University of London , 08-JUL-06 - 09-JUL-05.
Dillane, Fionnuala; (2006) Title of paper: 'The creative journalist and the corporate press: George Eliot and Blackwood's Magazine'. [International Refereed Conference], Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies International conference 2006, , Durham University and St. Chad¿s college, Durham , 01-JUL-06 - 03-JUL-06.

Committees

Committee : Working Group on BA review
Committee : UCD Press Editorial Committee
Committee : UCD English Literary Society
Committee : BA First Year Coordinators Working Group
Committee : BA Standing Committee
Committee : BA Programme Board
Committee : Teaching and Learning Committe, College of Arts and Celtic Sciences
Committee : School of English, Drama and Film with Irish Studies Teaching and Learning Committee
 

Education

Year 1997 Institution: National University of Ireland, Galway
Qualification: Master of Arts Subject: English
Year 2004 Institution: University of Dublin, Trinity College
Qualification: Ph.D. Subject: English
   

Outreach Activities

I am currently developing a pilot project on writing skills for second-level students with Dr Zeljka Doljanin, Manager of the UCD Writing Centre in collaboration with second-level History, English and Religion teachers in DEIS schools in the Dublin area. The first phase of this project will commence in May 2017.
I am the academic director of the UCD Writing Centre, which I established with the support of a President's Award and the Centre for Teaching and Learning UCD in 2012.

This is a free service to all students in UCD.

See: http://www.ucd.ie/students/guide/writing.html 

Journals Edited

Irish University Review: Editorial Board member.

Other Activities

 Literary Festivals
  •  Board, Cuirt Festival of Literature, Galway 1996-1999

Radio work

  • Occasional contributor to Arts/History programmes on radio including Arena; The Arts Show; The History Show RTE Radio 1; Talking History, Newstalk
Public Lectures
  • Literature and Journalism Public Lecture Series,  Trinity College Dublin
  • Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 'Contemporary Thinkers Series'

Publications

Books

Dillane, Fionnuala; McAreavey, Naomi; Pine, Emilie (2016) The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Available Online [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (2013) Before George Eliot: Marian Evans and the Periodical Press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Dillane, Fionnuala (2017) 'Researching a Periodical Genre' In: Alexis Easley, Andrew King, John Morton (eds). Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers, vol. 2. UK: Routledge. , pp.74-90 [Details]
Dillane, Fionnuala (2017) 'Marian Evans the Reviewer: 'varying, unfolding self'' In: Joanne Shattock (eds). Journalism and the Periodical Press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , pp.353-369 [DOI] [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (2016) 'George Eliot' In: Andrew Hadfield (eds). Oxford Bibliographies In British and Irish Literature. New York: Oxford University Press. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dillane, Fionnuala; McAreavey, Naomi; Pine, Emilie (2016) 'The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture' In: Dillane, Fionnuala; McAreavey, Naomi; Pine, Emilie (eds). The Body in Pain in Irish Literature in Culture. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.1-19 Available Online [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane, Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney, John Brannigan (2014) 'Introduction: Maintaining a Place' In: Fionnuala Dillane, Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney (eds). Maintaining A Place: Conditions of Metaphor in Modern American Literature. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.1-7 [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane; (2012) ''A fair field and no favour': Hulda Friederichs, the Interview, and the New Woman' In: F. Elizabeth Gray (eds). Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siècle: Making a Name for Herself edited by F. Elizabeth Gray. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.148-164 [Details]
Dillane, F.; (2001) 'Realism and Regionalism: Mary Lavin and Barbara Baynton' In: Tadhg Foley and Fiona Bateman (eds). From Ned Kelly to Redmond Barry: Irish Contributions to Australian Culture and Society. Darlinghurst, New South Wales: Crossing Press. , pp.43-56 [Details]

Edited Books

Fionnuala Dillane, Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney (Ed.). (2014) Maintaining A Place: Conditions of Metaphor in Modern American Literature. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane and Ronan Kelly (Ed.). (2003) New Voices in Irish Criticism 4. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Fionnuala Dillane, Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney (eds) (2016) 'Slavery and Abolition (Special Issue): Ireland, Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Empire'. Slavery and Abolition:A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, 37 (3). [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (2017) ''Breaking Memory Modes: Anne Enright's and Tana French's Silent Interruptions''. Irish University Review, 47 (1):143-164. [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (2016) 'Forms of Affect, Relationality and Periodical Encounters or 'Pine-apple for the Million''. Journal of European Periodical Studies, 1 (1):5-24. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (2012) '' The Character of Editress: Marian Evans at the Westminster Review, 1851-54'. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 30 (2):269-290. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane; (2009) 'Re-reading George Eliot's 'Natural History': Marian Evans, 'The People' and the Periodical'. Victorian Periodicals Review, 42 (3):244-266. Available Online [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane, with Danielle Clarke, Katie Long, Naomi McAreavey and Niamh Pattwell; (2009) ''Literature in Context: Enquiry-Based Learning for First Year Students''. Working with English, 5 (1):33-49. Available Online [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (1999) 'Contemporary Irish Women's Poetry 1967-1997: A review'. Verse, 16 (2):9-27. [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (with John McAuliffe) (1999) 'Irish Women's Poetry: A Bibliography'. Verse, 16 (2):111-121. [Details]

Other Journals

Fionnuala Dillane (with John McAuliffe) (1997) ''Interview with Vona Groarke'' ROPES 24 (7) . [Details]
     

Dictionary Entry

FIonnuala Dillane; (2008) 'Marian Evans'; George Henry Lewes; Thornton Hunt; Barbara Bodichon; George Smith etc. London: Dictionary Entry [Details]
                                         

Electronic Publication

Fionnuala Dillane (2014) Podcast Affective Historiography, Effective Anne Enright: Narrative aesthetics and Memory making. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]

Book Reviews

Fionnuala Dillane (2015) Nancy Henry, The Life of George Eliot, a critical biography. Paris: Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (2012) Blasted Literature: Victorian Political Fiction and the Shock of the Modern. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane (2011) 'J.G. Farrell in his own words. Selected letters and diaries edited by Lavinia Greacen. University of Northampton: Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane; (2011) 'Gathering and Taking Apart the Enright Narratives', review of Anne Enright edited by Claire Bracken and Susan Cahill. Dublin, Irish Times: Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane; (2009) 'Curious About George' Review of Brenda Maddox George Eliot: Novelist, Lover, Wife (London: Harper, 2009). Dublin: Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

I work predominantly in the field of nineteenth-century British literature and culture, in particular on the interactions of narrative forms, genre history, constructions of authorship, and periodical and newspaper history. My other main area of interest concerns the dynamic interplay between of memory and narrative, particularly in contemporary British and Irish fiction.

I welcome postgraduate students interested in any of the following areas: nineteenth-century literature and culture, in particular with reference to the novel, print cultures, periodical cultures and media history; history and theory of genres; memory studies; gender studies; contemporary British and Irish fiction. 
 
Current doctoral students work in the following areas: historical fiction, trauma fiction, Elizabeth Gaskell, Adaptations of nineteenth-century novels, Narrative and Ethics in the fiction of David Mitchell. 




Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Literature and Technology
Start Date / End Date : 14-JUN-11 / 30-NOV-11
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Dickens vs Dickens: Participation in the Charles Dickens Bi-Centenary conference, Buckingham
Start Date / End Date : 29-MAR-12 / 31-MAR-12

Recent Postgraduates

Doctoral Students
Dr Maria Mulvany, 'Ghostly Fictions: Haunting, Trauma and Time in Contemporary Irish Historical Fiction' (2016), co-supervised with Dr Anne Mulhall.

Masters Students
Orla Nic Ghearailt, 'Forgetting in George Eliot' (2016)
 
  

Current Postgraduate Students

Elizabeth Hewetson, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

(1) Mastery of facts is not mastery of understanding; (2) my role as a teacher is to facilitate learning not simply to transmit knowledge; (3) helping students towards understanding and facilitating learning is best achieved by having a better understanding of how students learn.
       

Innovation & Leadership

From 2010-2014 I ran a series of pilot projects to test the need and effectiveness of one-to-one writing support services for undergraduate students. In 2015 I secured three-year funding to support the UCD Writing Centre's team of nine tutors and a 0.75 Writing Centre Manager. The Centre offers free writing support to all UCD students. Currently working on a pilot partnership project between UCD Writing Centre and DEIS Secondary Schools in the South and West Dublin

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

1.  Dr Emilie Pine (Director, Irish Memory Studies Network) and Dr Naomi McAreavey.
 
The Body in Pain in Irish Culture.
 Interrogating the aesthetic, affective, political, cultural representation of the body in pain Irish culture from the sixteenth to twenty-first century.

Outputs:
  • Two-day international conference, The Body In Pain in Irish Culture (Boston College, Dublin, September 2013) 
  • Co-edited collection: The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).

External Collaborators

1. Dr Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir, Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature, University of Iceland and Dr Daisy Neijman, University of Iceland.

Ireland-Iceland Network
An international research network that I co-lead with colleagues in the University of Iceland, that cultivates a robust and dynamic research agenda on the relationship between Ireland and Iceland in terms of our shared literary, cultural, historical and geographical traditions. 

Aims: 
  1. Exchange of international expertise in Ireland/Icelandic memory studies
  2. Strategic development of research network on Ireland-Iceland Intercultural memory
  3. Increase in traffic of graduate students between Ireland and Iceland though the continuing development our profile as an area of expertise in memory studies 
Outputs:
  • International symposium: The Trouble with Memory Humanities Institute UCD 23 May 2014 (see http://www.ucd.ie/humanities/events/events/archive/name,203289,en.html) 
  • Doctoral Workshop for graduate students on Memory and Icelandic Detective fiction (Humanities Institute, UCD, 22 May 2014)
  • International conference: The Trouble with Memory 2, University Of Iceland, Reykjavik March 13-14 2015 (http://hugvis.hi.is/the_trouble_with_memory_ii). T
  • Edited collection of essays in planning for publication in 2018-19.


2. Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney, Newcastle University

I
reland
, Slavery, Anti-Slavery, Empire: this is research cluster formed in conjunction with Dr Stuart (School of English, Drama and Film, UCD) and Dr Sweeney (Newcastle University).

Outputs:
  • International two-day conference in the School of English, Drama and Film in conjunction with the Humanities Institute UCD from 24-25  October 2013
  • Co-edited a special issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Slavery and Abolition: a journal of slave and post-slave studies 37.3 (2016).