Researchers at UCD


Nicholas Paul Daly

Chair In Modern English and American Literature

School of English, Drama & Film

Tel: +353 1 7168346


                                                                       Professor Nicholas Daly, PhD (Brown), MRIA

I came to UCD in 2005 as Chair of Modern English and American Literature, having taught for ten years at Trinity College Dublin.  I have also held visiting positions at Wesleyan University, CT (Spring, 1994/5), and Dartmouth College (Fall 2003/4).  Most of my work has been on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction and drama, though I have also written about film and fine art, and I have a strong interest in popular literature and culture.  I would be happy to supervise graduate research in any of these areas. 

I am on the advisory boards of the Journal of Victorian Culture, Victoriographies, Novel, and the Irish University Review.  My most recent project is on "the demographic imagination", and it looks at the various ways in which culture responded to the population surge of the nineteenth century.  It was recently published by Cambridge University Press as The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City.  My current project is a collaborative one, and looks the the representation of imaginary European territories from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries. 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Member of the Royal Irish Academy
Year: 2014.
Title: Arts and CS Seed-Funding
Year: 2011.
Title: Arts and CS Seed Funding
Year: 2006.
Title: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Senior Fellowship
Year: 2005.
Title: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences , Fellowship
Year: 2002.
Title: Visiting Fellow, Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities,
Year: 2002.
Title: Fellow, Trinity College, Dublin
Year: 2000.
Title: Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund Awards, Trinity
Year: 1998.
Title: Provost¿s Fund Award, Trinity College, Dublin
Year: 1990.
Title: University Fellowship, Brown University
Year: 1987.
Title: Mansion House Prize, National University of Ireland
Year: 1985.
Title: College Scholarships, University College Cork


Association: NAVSA, Function/Role: Member
Association: NAES, Function/Role: Member
Association: Modern Language Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: British Association for Victorian Studies, Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Nicholas Daly (2015) Modern Swashbucklers and Matinee Idols: The Age of Ruritania. [Plenary Lecture], British Association for Victorian Studies Annual Conference, Leeds Trinity University , 27-AUG-15 - 29-AUG-15.
Nicholas Daly (2014) Late Victorian Swashbuckling: Ruritania, Neurasthenia, and the Heroic Body. [Keynote Address], Anxious Forms, University of Glasgow , 22-AUG-14 - 22-AUG-14.
Nicholas Daly (2013) Melodrama, Modernity, and the Transatlantic Stage. [Invited Lecture], Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity, Tel Aviv University , 18-DEC-13 - 19-DEC-13.
Nicholas Daly (2013) Fur and Feathers: Sealskin Jackets, ¿Murderous Millinery¿, and Global Ecology. [Invited Lecture], Joint NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA Conference, Venice, Italy , 03-JUN-13 - 06-JUN-13.
Nicholas Daly (2013) The Rise of the Urban Ghost Story. [Plenary Lecture], IASIL 2013, Queen's University, Belfast , 22-JUL-13 - 26-JUL-13.
Nicholas Daly (2013) Late Victorian Swashbucklers: The Prisoner of Zenda and Other Adventures. [Plenary Lecture], Critical Encounters: Public Lecture Series, Liverpool Hope University , 19-NOV-13 - 19-NOV-13.
Nicholas Daly (2012) Fur and Feathers: Fashion and Ecology in the 19th Century. [Invited Lecture], Research Seminar Series, Royal Holloway, Centre for Victorian Studies , 03-MAY-12 - 03-MAY-12.
Nicholas Daly (2012) Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and the Rise of the Ghost Story. [Invited Lecture], Irish Literature Lecture Series, Liverpool Hope University , 22-NOV-12 - 22-NOV-12.
Nicholas Daly (2011) Locked Rooms: Sensation and the Poetics of Space. [Oral Presentation], NEMLA, New Brunswick, NJ , 07-APR-12 - 10-APR-12.
Nicholas Daly (2011) The Frenzy of the Legible in the Victorian City. [Invited Oral Presentation], History of the Book/Victorian Studies Seminar, History of the Book Seminar, Harvard Humanities Center , 04-APR-11 - 04-APR-11.
Nicholas Daly (2011) Machine Culture and the Imagination of System. [Keynote Address], Northeastern Victorian Studies Association, University of Maryland , 15-SEP-12 - 17-APR-11.
Nicholas Daly; (2010) The Presence of the Present in Victorian Art and Literature. [Plenary Lecture], Victorian Time, Trinity College Dublin , 24-APR-10 - 24-APR-10.
Nicholas Daly; (2010) Fireworks and Volcanoes: Imagining Modernity as Disaster. [Keynote Address], British Society for Literature and Science 2010, Northumbria University , 08-APR-10 - 10-APR-10.
Nicholas Daly; (2010) Imagining Natural Disaster: The Volcano on Page, Stage, and Canvas. [Keynote Address], Nature and the Long Nineteenth Century, an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, University of Edinburgh , 06-FEB-10 - 06-FEB-10.
Nicholas Daly; (2009) Out of the Past by Way of the Present: The Gorilla in 1861. [National Refereed Conference Paper], BAVS/NAVSA Joint Conference 2009, Cambridge University , 13-JUL-09 - 15-JUL-09.
Nicholas Daly; (2008) The Blackface Atlantic. [National Refereed Conference Paper], NAVSA 2008, Yale University , 14-NOV-08 - 16-NOV-08.
Daly, N.; (2006) The Politics of the Colleen Bawn. [International Refereed Conference], British Association for Victorian Studies, University of Liverpool , 01-SEP-06.
Daly, N.; (2005) Melodrama, Sensation, and Modernity. [International Refereed Conference], MLA, Washington, DC , 01-JAN-05.
Daly, N.; (2005) Sensation and Modernity in the Colleen Bawn. [Plenary Lecture], Locating Subects, University of Calabria , 01-OCT-05.
Daly, N.; (2004) The First It Girl. [Invited Lecture], Research Seminar, School of English, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh , 01-JAN-04.
Daly, N.; (2003) It and the Invention of Modern Sex-Appeal. [Invited Lecture], Research Seminar, Department of English, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth College , 01-NOV-03.
Daly, N.; (2002) Towards an Alternative History of Irish Cinema. [Plenary Lecture], Parnell Summer School, Avoca , 01-AUG-02.
Daly, N.; (2002) The Boerograph. [International Refereed Conference], Technotopias Conference, University of Strathclyde , 01-JUL-02.
Daly, N.; (2002) Dracula Revisited. [Invited Oral Presentation], Research Seminar, Department of English, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Maynooth , 01-FEB-02.
Daly, N.; (2007) The Chromolithographers of Modern Life. [Invited Oral Presentation], North American Association for Victorian Studies, Victoria, BC , 01-OCT-07.
Daly, N.; (2006) Sensation Melodrama. [Invited Oral Presentation], Research Seminar for Victorian Literature, Oxford University , 01-OCT-06.
Daly, N.; (1993) The Logic of Professional Bodies in Bram Stoker's Dracula. [International Refereed Conference], Central New York Conference on Language and Literature, SUNY College at Cortland , 01-JAN-93.
Daly, N.; (1993) Another Country: Vampires, Bogs and the Preservation of the Past. [International Refereed Conference], Northeastern Victorian Studies Association Conference, Rhode Island College , 01-JAN-93.
Daly, N.; (1993) A Literary Survey: The Snake's Pass and the Imaginary Spaces of Empire. [International Refereed Conference], Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, University of Arizona , 01-JAN-93.
Daly, N.; (1999) Adventures in La Bohème: Dion Boucicault, Melodrama, and the Representation of the City. [International Refereed Conference], EFACIS, Paris , 01-DEC-99.
Daly, N.; (1997) Somewhere there's Music: John Meade Falkner's The Lost Stradivarius. [International Refereed Conference], ESSE/4, Debrecen , 01-SEP-97.
Daly, N.; (2000) Silents and Exile: Irish Directors in the Hollywood of the 1920s. [International Refereed Conference], ESSE 5, Helsinki , 01-SEP-00.
Daly, N.; (1997) Blood on the Tracks: Machine Time and Suspense Melodrama of the 1860s. [International Refereed Conference], Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies , 01-JUL-97.
Daly, N.; (1996) Postcolonial Carnival?: Neil Jordan's The Crying Game. [International Refereed Conference], GNEL, University of Konstanz, University of Konstanz , 01-SEP-96.
Daly, N.; (1996) Neil Jordan's The Crying Game and Postcolonialism. [International Refereed Conference], University of Newcastle, University of Newcastle , 01-MAR-96.
Daly, N.; (1995) Modernist Primitivism and the Irish Literary Revival: the Case of Synge. [International Refereed Conference], IASAIL, Cork , 01-JUL-95.
Daly, N.; (1995) Railway Novels: Sensation Fiction and the Modernization of the Senses. [International Refereed Conference], NEMLA, Boston , 01-APR-95.


Committee : Academic Council Executive Committee
Committee : Advisory Board, Journal of Victorian Culture
Committee : Advisory Board, Irish University Review
Committee : Advisory Board Member, Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel


Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Chair of Modern English and American Literature
Employer: Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
Position: Visiting Associate Professor
Employer: Trinity College, Dublin
Position: Lecturer in the School of English
Employer: Wesleyan University
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
Employer: Brown University
Position: Teaching Asst., Teaching Fellow


Year 1995 Institution: Brown University, RI
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1987 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1989 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: MA Subject:

Outreach Activities

"Reading Dickens for Pleasure", Cork City Library, August 20, 2012


Public Lecture on Victorian literature, art, and culture, National Gallery of Ireland,  June 2009


Other Activities

External Tenure Reviews for candidates in English Departments at a number of U.S. colleges.
Reader for Broadview, Journal of Victorian Culture, Novel, Victorian Studies, Cambridge University Press, Harvard UniversityPress, Ohio State University Press



Nicholas Daly (2015) The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City: Paris, London, New York. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Available Online [Details]
Nicholas Daly; (2009) Sensation and Modernity in the 1860s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available Online [Details]
Daly, N., ; (2004) Literature, Technology and Modernity. 1860-2000. Cambridge: Cambridge Univerity Press. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1999) Modernism, Romance, and the Fin de Siècle: Popular Fiction and British Culture, 1880-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge Univerity Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Nicholas Daly (2015) 'Affect in the English Novel' In: Arata, Haley, Hunter, Wicke (eds). A Companion to the English Novel. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. , pp.225-238 Available Online [Details]
Nicholas Daly (2014) 'Britain at the Fin de Siècle' In: Michael Saler (eds). The Fin de Siècle World. London: Routledge. Link to full text [Details]
Nicholas Daly (2015) 'The Senses in Literature, 1800 to 1920: Industry and Empire' In: Constance Classen (eds). The Cultural History of the Senses. London: Berg. Link to full text [Details]
Nicholas Daly (2011) 'The Affective Arts of the Nineteenth Century' In: Nicholas Daly (eds). The Human and Its Limits. Oslo: Spartacus. Link to full text [Details]
Nicholas Daly (2012) 'Fiction, Theatre, and Early Cinema' In: David Glover and Scott McCracken (eds). Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Nicholas Daly; (2010) ''Adventure Novels and Thrillers'' In: Patrick Parrinder and Andrzej Gasiorek (eds). The Oxford History of the Novel in English Volume 4: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available Online [Details]
Nicholas Daly; (2010) ''The Machine Age'' In: Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gasiorek, Deborah Longworth, and Andrew Thacker (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available Online [Details]
Nicholas Daly; (2010) 'Technology' In: Nicholas Daly; (eds). Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available Online [Details]
Daly, N., ; (2006) 'Colonialism and Popular Literature at the Fin de Siècle' In: Daly, N., ; (eds). Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939. Durham: Duke UP. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1999) 'John Meade Falkner, Oscar Wilde, and The Lost Stradivarius' In: Daly, N., ; (eds). Romancing Decay: Ideas of Decadence in European Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate Press. , pp.95-106 [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1999) 'Postcolonial Carnival? Neil Jordan's The Crying Game' In: Monica Reif-Hülser (eds). Borderlands: Negotiating Boundaries in Post-Colonial Writing. Amsterdam: Rodopi. , pp.215-225 [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1998) 'The Colonial Roots of Dracula' In: Bruce Stewart (eds). That Other World: The Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature and its Contexts , vol. 2. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe. , pp.40-51 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Nicholas Daly (2014) 'The Cosmic Time of Empire: Modern Britain and World Literature by Adam Barrows, and: Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society by Sue Zemka (review)'. Victorian Studies, 56 (2):369-372. [Details]
Nicholas Daly (2011) 'The Volcanic Disaster Narrative: From Pleasure Garden, to Canvas, Page, and Stage'. Victorian Studies, 53 (2):255-285. [Details]
Nicholas Daly; (2008) 'Interdisciplinarity and Cultural Studies'. Victorian Review, 33 (1):66-69. [Details]
Daly, N.; (2007) 'The Many Lives of the Colleen Bawn: Pastoral Suspense'. Journal of Victorian Culture, 12 (1):1-25. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (2005) 'The Woman in White: Whistler, Hiffernan, Courbet, Du Maurier'. Modernism/Modernity, 12 (1):1-25. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1999) 'Blood on the Tracks: Sensation Drama, the Railway, and the Dark Face of Modernity'. Victorian Studies, 12 (1):47-76. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1999) 'Railway Novels: Sensation Fiction and the Modernization of the Senses'. ELH, 66 :483-509. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1999) 'From the King to The Fugitive: International Popular Culture in Recent Irish Cinema'. European Journal of English Studies, 3 (3):262-274. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1998) 'Race, Gender and Nation in the Cinema of Neil Jordan'. New Formations, 34 :43-52. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1997) 'Incorporated Bodies: Dracula and the Rise of Professionalism'. Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 39 (2):181-203. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1995) 'Irish Roots: Bram Stoker's The Snake's Pass and the Imaginary Spaces of Empire'. Literature and History, 4 (2):42-70. [Details]
Daly, N., ; (1994) 'That Obscure Object of Desire: Victorian Commodity Culture and Fictions of the Mummy'. Novel, 28 (1):24-51. [Details]

Other Journals

Rudolf Drux, Karl Kegler; (2008) 'Shock and Spectacle on the 19th-Century Stage: The Prehistory of Disaster' Inklinks, Jahrbuch fur Literature und Asthetik 27 :168-184. [Details]

Book Reviews

Daly, N (2005) Detecting the nation: Fictions of detection and the imperial venture. Book Reviews [Details]
Daly, N (2006) The busiest man in England: Grant Allen and the writing trade, 1875-1900. Book Reviews [Details]
Daly, N (2010) Inventing the Addict: Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature. Book Reviews [Details]
Daly, N (2012) Masculinities in British Adventure Fiction, 1880-1915. Book Reviews [Details]


Nicholas Daly (2012) The Making of the West End Stage: Marriage, Management and the Mapping of Gender in London, 1830¿1870 by Jacky Bratton (review). Canada: Reviews [Details]
Nicholas Daly (2012) Saverio Tomaiuolo, In Lady Audley's Shadow: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010). Reviews [Details]
Nicholas Daly (2014) The Cosmic Time of Empire: Modern Britain and World Literature by Adam Barrows, and: Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society by Sue Zemka (review). Bloomington, Indiana: Reviews [Details]

Review Articles

Daly, N.; (0) Reviews in the European Journal of English Studies, Film and Film Culture, Film Ireland, Gothic Studies, Journal of Victorian Culture, Novel, Victorian Studies. Review Articles [Details]


*; (2008) Introduction Textus, a Special Edition on the Cultural Object, co-edited with Marilena Parlati. Articles [Details]
Daly. N.; (2000) Critical and biographical Notes on Charles Dickens, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and Robert Louis Stevenson for Chadwyck-Healey's LION (Literature Online) Database (2000). Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Victorian and twentieth-century literature and culture, early cinema, popular culture.

Current Projects:

Ruritanias: a collaborative book-length project on imaginary European territories, from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries.

Essays for various edited collections on Modernism and Technology, Ruritanian operetta, and the plays of Lord Dunsany.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Emigration Literature: Settlerism and its Textual Reverberations in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Art
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-15 / 28-FEB-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : The Transnational Flaneur and Masculinity in 19th Century American Literature
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-15 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Literature and Technology
Start Date / End Date : 14-JUN-11 / 30-NOV-11


Teaching Philosophy

Victorian studies, modernism, popular culture, literature and technology.