Researchers at UCD


Margaret Kelleher



Margaret Kelleher is Professor and Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin. 

Her books include The Feminization of Famine (published by Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997), The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006), co-edited with Philip O'Leary, and Ireland and Quebec: Interdisciplinary Essays on History, Culture and Society (Four Courts Press, 2016), co-edited with Michael Kenneally. She has recently completed a monograph entitled Language, Life and Death: Myles Joyce, James Joyce and the Maamtrasna Murders and was guest editor, with Nicholas Wolf, of Éire-Ireland's special issue on "Ireland and the Contemporary" (Spring/Summer 2017). She has developed a number of digital humanities projects, including
the Electronic Version of the Loeber Guide to Irish Fiction ( and the Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing (

Professor Kelleher is Chair of the Board of the Irish Film Institute (since 2014) and UCD academic lead on the Museum of Irish Literature (MoLI), a collaboration between UCD and the National Library of Ireland to open a new literary museum at Newman House in early 2019. From 2009 to 2016 she was Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.  She has been visiting scholar at University of São Paulo, Boston College, Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Concordia University Montreal, St John's College, Cambridge and University of Virginia.



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


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


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



Margaret Kelleher (2016) Ireland and Quebec: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on History, Culture and Society. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Available Online [Details]
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 (2017) 'The Irish Literary Revival' In: Crowley, John, Ó Drisceoil, Donal et al (eds) (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork 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 (2016) ''An Irish Problem': Bilingual Manoeuvres in the Work of Somerville and Ross' In: Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee (eds). Irish Women's Writings 1878-1922. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available Online [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 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 Philosophy


Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership