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Margaret Kelleher

Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama

School of English, Drama & Film
Room J203
Newman Building
UCD
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 35317168348
Email: margaret.o.kelleher@ucd.ie

Biography

Professor Margaret Kelleher was awarded the Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama in 2012.  For the previous five years, she was founding director of An Foras Feasa: the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions, at NUI Maynooth. Her books include The Feminization of Famine (published by Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997) and the landmark publication The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006), co-edited with Philip O¿Leary. She was a contributing editor to Field Day Anthology Volumes 4 and 5, and editor of the special issue on the Irish Literary Revival for Irish University Review (2003). Her primary research interests include nineteenth-century literature, famine literature, women¿s writings, cultural history, and the historical relationship between literature in English and Irish.
 

She was awarded an IRCHSS Senior Project Fellowship in 2011 to create an electronic version of the Loebers' Guide to Irish Fiction (operative from November 2012 at http://www.lgif.ie) and has worked with colleagues in An Foras Feasa on a number of groundbreaking digital humanities projects. She was Principal Investigator (with John Keating) of the PRTLI 4 funded project 'Humanities, Technology and Innovation" 2007-2011 (grant award ¿5.8 m) and NUI Maynooth's Principal Investigator from 2011-2012 for the PRTLI 5 funded Digital Arts and Humanities PhD programme (grant award ¿750,000). Her current research project is a study of bilingual culture in nineteenth-century Ireland.

A leading advocate for Irish studies internationally, Professor Kelleher is Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Chair of the Irish Film Institute and a member of the Humanities Committee of Science Europe.  Educated at University College Cork and Boston College, she has been visiting Professor at Concordia University Montreal, University of São Paulo, Boston College and Beijing Foreign Studies University, and was recently awarded a visiting fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge. She is Director of the MA in Anglo-Irish Literature in the School of English, Drama and Film.

 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2006.
Title: O'Brien Visiting Scholar
Year: 2002.
Title: Burns Visiting Professor in Irish Studies
Year: 2012.
Title: Overseas Visiting Scholar
Year: 2010.
Title: IRCHSS Senior Project Fellowship Award

Associations

Association: European Federation for Irish Studies Centres (EFACIS), Function/Role: Board Member
Association: Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, Function/Role: Board Member
Association: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Function/Role: Board Member (Ministerial Nominee), 2004-2007
Association: Irish Research Council, Function/Role: Member of International Advisory Board (ongoing)
Association: European Science Committee, Function/Role: National Representative for Ireland, 2006-2012
Association: International Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutions, Function/Role: Board Member, 2010-2012
Association: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL), Function/Role: Chairperson (ongoing)
Association: Science Europe, Function/Role: Nominated Member, International Humanities Committee
       

Committees

Committee : Newman-Joyce Building Project
Committee : Beyond Publications Steering Group
Committee : Board of Irish Theatre Institute
Committee : Board of Irish Film Institute
       

Outreach Activities

Board Member, Irish Film Institute;

Board Member, Irish Theatre Institute
   

Publications

Books

Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary eds (2006) Cambridge History of Irish Literature 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. Available Online [Details]
Margaret Kelleher and Laurence Geary eds (2005) Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Guide to Research. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher ed. (2000) Making It New: Essays on the Revised Leaving Certificate Course. Dublin: Lilliput Press. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher, Peter Denman and Michael Hinds eds. (2000) The Irish Reader. Dublin: Otior Press. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1997) The Feminization of Famine: Expressions of the Inexpressible?. Durham, NC and Cork: Duke UP and Cork UP. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher and James H Murphy eds (1997) Gender Perspectives in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Kelleher, Margaret (2015) 'An Irish Problem: Bilingual Manoeuvres in the Work of Somerville and Ross' In: Pilz, Anna and Standlee, Whitney (eds) (eds). Advancing the Cause of Liberty: Irish Women's Writings 1878-1922. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
Kelleher, Margaret (2015) 'Representations of Ireland, 1830-1880' In: Hartley, Lucy (ed.) (eds). Palgrave History of Women's Writings 1830-1880. London: Palgrave. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2015) 'Representations of Ireland' In: Lucy Hartley (eds). Palgrave History of British Women's Writings: 1830-1880. London: Palgrave. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2015) 'The Literary Revival' In: John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil et al (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2015) ''An Irish Problem': Bilingual Manoeuvres in the Work of Somerville and Ross' In: Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee (eds). Advancing the Cause of Liberty: Irish Women's Writings 1878-1922. Manchester: Manchester UP. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2014) 'Famine' In: Andrew Hadfield (eds). Oxford Bibliographies in British and irish Literature. New York: Oxford University Press. Available Online [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2014) 'Hunger and History: Monuments to the Irish Famine' In: Oona Frawley (eds). Memory Ireland Volume 3: The Famine and the Troubles. Syracuse UP: Syracuse University Press. Available Online [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2014) 'The 'affective gap' and recent histories of Ireland's Great Famine' In: Marguérite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack and Lindsay Janssen (eds). Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford: Peter Lang. , pp.20-38 Available Online [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2013) 'Irish Literary Culture in English' In: Alvin Jackson (eds). Oxford Handbook to Irish History. Oxford: Oxford UP. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2012) 'The Anthology and the Duanaire in Nineteenth-Century Ireland' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Oxford History of the Irish Book: Volume IV. Oxford: Oxford UP. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2011) 'From the Anthology to the Database' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Glocal Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. , pp.12-25 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2010) 'Irish Fiction 1800-2000' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights from The Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers. Princeton: Princeton University. , pp.3-20 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2010) 'The Anthologies and the Reader in Irish Literary History' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). A Garland of Words: Essays in Honour of Maureen Murphy. Sao Paulo: Editora Humanitas. , pp.497-510 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2010) 'An Illustrious Past: Victorian Prosopography and Irish Women Writers' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Ireland¿s Polemical Past: Essays in Honour of Vincent Comerford. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.88-101 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2009) 'The Irish Famine: History and Representation¿' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). The Palgrave Guide to Irish History, 1601- Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.84-99 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2009) 'Multiculturalism and Multilingualism in Ireland: Past and Present' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Exploring Ireland: Historical Legacy and Contemporary Experience. Bejing: Beijing Foreign Language Press. , pp.99-115 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2008) 'Cultural Interconnections and Irish Literary History¿' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). A New Ireland in Brazil. Sao Paulo: Humanitas. , pp.439-456 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2006) 'Prose Writing and Drama in English, 1830-1890' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Cambridge History of Irish Literature, vol 1. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. , pp.449-499 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2006) 'Factual Fictions: Representations of the Land Agitation in Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Fiction' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Out of Context: Irish Women¿s Prose Writings. Cork University Press: Cork. , pp.78-92 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2006) 'Omnium Gatherum: The Irish Anthologist W.B. Yeats' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). The Irish Reader. Dublin: Otior Press. , pp.69-80 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2005) 'Wanted an Irish Novelist: the Critical Decline in the Nineteenth-Century Novel' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). The Irish Novel in the Nineteenth Century. Four Courts: Four Courts Press. , pp.187-201 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2002) 'Women's Narratives, 1850-1890' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Vol IV Irish Women's Writing and Traditions. Cork and New York: Cork and NYU. , pp.924-975 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2000) 'Speak I must: Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Making It New: Essays on the Revised Leaving Certificate Syllabus. Dublin: Lilliput Press. , pp.84-102 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1997) 'The Figure of Woman in Irish Famine Narratives' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Gender and Catastrophe. London: Zed Books. , pp.241-254 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1997) ''Ireland and India: Literary Connections'' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Ireland and India: Anniversary Essays. Dublin: Blackwater Press. , pp.110-119 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1996) ''The Spiritual Strain'' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Arts and Spirituality: The Neglected Well of Revelation. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.57-70 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1996) 'The Female Gaze: the Writings of Asenath Nicholson' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). Fearful Realities: New Perspectives on the Famine. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. , pp.119-130 [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1995) 'Irish Famine in Literature' In: Margaret Kelleher (eds). The Great Irish Famine. Dublin and Cork: RTE and Mercier. , pp.232-247 [Details]

Edited Books

Margaret Kelleher and Jane Conroy (Ed.). (2014) Restating the Value of the Humanities. Dublin: Humanities Serving Irish Society Consortium. Available Online [Details]
Peter Denman, Michael Hinds and Margaret Kelleher (Ed.). (2005) The Irish Reader: Essays for John Devitt. Dublin: Otior. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Margaret Kelleher (2014) 'Distant Reading, Digital Humanities and the Changing Field of Early Irish Fiction'. Journal of English Language and Literature, 60 (1):21-36. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2013) 'Finding New Partners: Irish Studies and Its International Futures'. The Irish Review, 46 (Autumn 2013):60-71. Available Online [Details]
Margaret Kelleher, Sonia Howell, Aja Teehan and John Keating (2013) 'A Digital Humanities Approach to Narrative Voice in The Secret Scripture: Proposing a New Research Method'. Digital Humanities Quarterly, . [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2003) 'The Field Day Anthology and Irish Women's Literary Studies'. The Irish Review, 30 :82-94. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2003) 'Guest Editor: New Perspectives on the Irish Literary Revival'. Irish University Review, 33 (1). [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2003) 'The Cabinet of Irish Literature: A Historical View on Irish Anthologies'. Eire-Ireland, 38 (3-4):68-89. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2002) 'Hunger and History: Monuments to the Great Irish Famine'. Textual Practice, 16 (2):41-68. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2001) 'Writing Irish Women's Literary History'. Irish Studies Review, 9 (1):5-14. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (2000) 'Charlotte Riddell's A Struggle for Fame: The Field of Women's Literary Production'. Colby Quarterly, 36 (2):116-131. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1997) ''Philosophick views'? : Maria Edgeworth and the Great Famine'. Eire-Ireland, 32 (1):41-62. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher (1995) 'Trollope's Castle Richmond: Famine Narrative and Horrid Novel'. Irish University Review, 25 (2):242-262. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher and Conrad Balliet (1994) 'A Partial List of W.B. Yeats Manuscripts: the 30,000 Series'. Yeats Studies, XI :3-86. [Details]
   

Published Reports

Claudine Moulin, Julianne Nyhan, Adriana Ciulia, Margaret Kelleher et al (2012) Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities: ESF Science Policy Briefing. European Science Foundation, Strasbourg. [Details]
Margaret Kelleher and Eva Hoogland (2012) Changing Publication Cultures in the Humanities: Humanities Spring Manifesto. European Science Foundation, Strasbourg. [Details]
                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

Professor Kelleher's research interests include nineteenth-century literature; Irish literary and cultural history; famine studies ; Irish women's writings (historical and contemporary); contemporary Irish fiction; digital humanities and literary studies. She has supervised doctoral dissertations and research theses to date on topics such as contemporary Irish writing, world literature and digital humanities; literature and activism in south-east Asia; the fiction of Emily Lawless; orature and fiction in nineteenth-century Irish literature; Irish Gothic; twentieth-century Irish women's writings.


Recent research awards include:

  • Principal Investigator, A Study of the Circulation of Seventeenth, Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Irish Fiction from 1650 to the Present: An Electronic Edition of the Loebers¿ Guide to Irish Fiction, IRCHSS Senior Project Fellowship Award, 2011, ¿100,000.
  • Principal Investigator (coP..I. Dr John Keating), ¿Humanities, Technology and Innovation¿, An Foras Feasa, PRTLI Cycle 4 award 2007-2011, ¿5.8 million.
  • Principal Investigator, NUI Maynooth, national Structured PhD programme in Digital Arts and Humanities, PRTLI Cycle 5 award, 2011-1015, ¿750,000.
  • Project Leader, with Professor Michael Kenneally, Ireland and Quebec Bilateral Research Project, IRCHSS & Fonds de recherché société et culture, 2009 - present ¿30,000.
  • RECODE ESF Network: Summer Institute, 2013, ¿15,000.
  • ESF Humanities Spring Event, 2011, European Science Foundation, ¿20,000 .
 

Recent Postgraduates

Professor Kelleher  has supervised doctoral dissertations and research theses to date on topics such as contemporary Irish writing, world literature and digital humanities; literature and activism in south-east Asia; the fiction of Emily Lawless; orature and fiction in nineteenth-century Irish literature; Irish Gothic; twentieth-century Irish women's writings.

Postgraduate  and Postdoctoral Supervision

  • André Kaboré; doctoral thesis on 'Orature in the Works of William Carleton and F.T. Pacére'; completed 2007.
  • Brendan Prunty: doctoral thesis on 'Narrative Analysis of the Fiction of Emily Lawless'; completed 2010.
  • Ciara Gallagher: doctoral thesis on 'Literary Activism in the Literature of South-east Asia'; completed 2011.
  • Sonia Howell: doctoral thesis on 'Irish Studies, World Literature and Digital Humanities', completed 2012.
  • Dr Robin Kavanagh, postdoctoral fellow, An Foras Feasa, 2008-10.
  • Dr Catherine Smith, postdoctoral fellow, IRCHSS project fellowship, 2011 ¿ continuing.
  • Course Director (including recruitment) of Digital Arts and Humanities Graduate Education Programme: 6 students recruited in 2011.
  • Course Director (including recruitment) of AFF 'Humanities, Technology and Innovation' PRTLI 4 project consortium: 11 doctoral students, 4 postdoctoral fellows.
  • Director of Masters minor theses (c. 30 to date).
 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

 

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership