Researchers at UCD

Maria Stuart

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: 7168681



I studied for my PhD at Darwin College, Cambridge, joined the Department of English at UCD in 1992, and was appointed College Lecturer in 1994. At undergraduate level, I have co-taught lecture courses on the American Renaissance, Children's Literature and American Modernism, and seminar teaching has included courses on African American Writing, Emily Dickinson ('Dickinson's Texts and Contexts'), and Crime Fiction in England, America and Ireland ('Detecting Fictions'). Teaching for the MA in American Literature has included courses on Early American Writing ('Designing Destiny') and Nineteenth-Century American Writing ('Writing Beyond Borders'). I have supervised MA theses on a diverse range of topics (including Detective Fiction, the work of Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Raymond Carver and Louise Erdrich) and PhD theses on Native American and African American Writing. Administrative roles have included Head of First Year and Convenor for International Students (until 2016).




Association: Irish Association of American Studies and European Association of American Studies., Function/Role: *
Association: Emily Dickinson International Society., Function/Role: *

Conference Contributions

Maria Stuart (2010) 'Strange English: Emily Dickinson and Northern Irish Poetry. [Plenary Lecture], Emily Dickinson International Society Conference: 'Were I Britain Born', Oxford , 06-AUG-10 - 08-AUG-10.
Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney, Fionnghuala Dillane, co-organisers (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Member], Ireland, Slavery, Anti-Slavery, Empire, Humanities Institute, UCD , 24-OCT-13 - 25-OCT-13.
Maria Stuart (2016) Easy Listening and Dysfluent Speech. [Oral Presentation], Ear Pieces: Listening, Diagnosing, Writing, Cambridge , 16-DEC-16 - 17-DEC-16.


Committee : Junior Year Abroad Liaison Officer


Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer in American Literature

Other Activities

2014-15 External Examiner for the MA in Poetry Studies at DCU



Book Chapters

Mitchell, Domhnall and Stuart, Maria (eds.,) (2009) 'Chapter 11: 'Dickinson in England and Ireland'' In: Mitchell, Domhnall and Stuart, Maria (eds). The International Reception of Emily Dickinson. London: Continuum Press. , pp.204-233 [Details]
Maria Stuart (2014) ''The Poetics of Disfluency': Emerson and Dickinson' In: Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney, Fionnuala Dillane (eds). Maintaining a Place: Essays and Poems in Honour of Ron Callan. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.29-46 [Details]

Edited Books

Mitchell, Domhnall and Stuart, Maria (eds.,) (Ed.). (2009) The International Reception of Emily Dickinson. London: Continuum. [Details]
Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney, Fionnuala Dillane (Ed.). (2014) Maintaining a Place: Essays and Poems in honour of Ron Callan. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
Fionnuala Dillane, Maria Stuart and Fionnghuala Sweeney (Ed.). (2017) Ireland, Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Empire. Oxon UK: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Stuart, Maria (2012) 'Strange English: Emily Dickinson and Northern Irish Poetry'. The Emily Dickinson Journal, Volume XXI (Number 1):79-97. [Details]
Stuart, Maria (2013) 'Review of Emily Dickinson and the Religious Imagination (Linda Freedman, CUP 2011)'. Journal of American Studies, Vol. 47 (Issue 1). [Details]
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]

Other Journals

Mitchell, Domhnall and Maria Stuart; (1999) ''The Circumference of Home'' The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin 11 . [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Stuart, Maria (1999) African-American Womens Writing, Culture Section, Sunday Business Post, March 1999. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Book Reviews

Stuart, M (2013) Emily Dickinson and the Religious Imagination. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]


Stuart, M.; (2000) Emily Dickinson, Literature On-Line, Chadwyck Healy, Articles [Details]


Research Interests

 Research Interests

Early research focused on Emily Dickinson and German Higher Criticism, positioning Dickinson and her work within the highly charged arena of nineteenth-century biblical culture as it responded to the new (and radically destabilising) hermeneutic of German 'Higher Criticism'. Recent work on Dickinson has focused on cultural responses to her work in England and Ireland and the dysfluency of her poetic voice. I also work more broadly in the area of Dysfluency Studies, exploring the interface between literary and clinical practice in relation to the stammering voice. Recent work has focused on auditory interventions (Altered Auditory Feedback) in the therapeutic treatment of speech 'disorders' and their representation in the 2010 film The King's Speech. My other area of interest is in contemporary European Crime Fiction, in particular the concept of the contemporary past in the work of Tana French, Stuart Neville and Arnaldur Indriđason.








Modules Coordinated

201600   ENG40880     English: 19th Century American Writing
201600   ENG20430     English: Modern American Literature
201600   ENG30920     English: The Crime Novel


Internal Collaborators

With Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney (principal researcher) and Dr Fionnuala Dillane (School of English, Drama and Film), I am developing an international research network entitled 'Ireland, Slavery, Anti-Slavery'. Beginning with a symposium in October 2013, the project will initiate and facilitate international scholarly discussion of the relationship between Ireland, Empire, and slavery within literary, historical and cultural studies; encourage interaction between academics, librarians and archivists with the aim of establishing resource bases to facilitate further study; collate and disseminate such resources through a single digital portal.

The work of the network will be directly linked to UCD's COST Action No:-IS1203 Intercultural Memory and will invite collaborators from Irish libraries and museums who have been actively engaged in preserving and promoting historical records and artefacts related to Irish involvement in slavery and anti-slavery movements.

Ultimately, the aim would be to make the outcome of such research available to the wider public via the web, the UCD Scholarcast format, diverse cultural institutions and the media. Funding is presently being sought from the MHRA and UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies .