Researchers at UCD

Barbara Hillers


School Of Irish, Celtic, Folklore & Ling
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168438




Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Lecturer in Irish Folklore, 2013-
Employer: Tufts University
Position: Visiting Lecturer, Experimental College, 2010
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Associate Professor in Celtic Languages and Literatures, 2006-2009
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Assistant Professor in Celtic Languages and Literatures, 2000-2006
Employer: Edinburgh University
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow/ Research Fellow in Celtic, 1997-2000


Year 1997 Institution: Harvard University, MA. USA
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1987 Institution: Queen's University of Belfast, UK
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1990 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MPhil Subject:





Book Chapters

Barbara Hillers (2014) 'The Medieval Irish Wandering of Ulysses Between Literacy and Orality' In: Ralph O'Connor (eds). Classical Literature and Learning in Medieval Irish Narrative. Matlesham, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer. , pp.84-97 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2010) 'Cleas a' Choin Sholair: Aesop's Dog Fable in the Poetry of Sìleas na Ceapaich' In: Wilson McLeod et al (eds). Bile ós Chrannaibh: A Festschrift for William Gillies. Ceann Drochaid: Clann Tuirc. , pp.195-210 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2010) 'The Reception and Assimilation of Continental Literature' In: Julia M. Wright (eds). A Companion to Irish Literature. Malden and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. , pp.39-56 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2007) 'The Middle Irish Wanderings of Aeneas' In: Jan M. Ziolkowski and Michael C. J. Putnam (eds). The Virgilian Tradition to 1500. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2007) 'Cuckolds and Faithful Wives: The Genesis of the Gaelic Ballad of Peigín and Peadair' In: F. J. Fischer and S. Rieuwerts (eds). Emily Lyle: The Persistent Scholar. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. , pp.100-113 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2007) 'Storytelling and the International Folktale in Scotland' In: John Beech et al (eds). Scottish Life and Society: Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, Volume 10: Oral Literature and Performance Culture. Edinburgh: John Donald. , pp.153-170 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2006) 'Dialogue or Monologue: Lullabies in Scottish Gaelic Tradition' In: Michel Byrne et al (eds). Litreachas & Eachdraidh / Literature & History: Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 2 (2002). Glasgow: Roinn na Ceiltis Oilthigh Ghlaschu. , pp.33-55 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2005) 'Poet or Magician: Mac Mhuirich Mór in Oral Tradition' In: Joseph Nagy (eds). Poetic Heroes and Heroic Poets, CSANA Yearbook 3-4 (2003-2004). Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.141-157 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2001) 'Oidhche Rionnagach Reulagach - A Tale with a Sting' In: Séamus Ó Catháin (eds). Northern Lights: Aistí in Adhnó do Bho Almqvist. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. , pp.72-86 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (1999) 'Sgél in Mínaduir: Dädalus und der Minotaurus in Irland' In: Erich Poppe and Hildegard Tristram (eds). Übersetzung, Adaptation und Akkulturation im insularen Mittelalter. Münster: Nodus Publikationen. , pp.131-144 [Details]
Barbara Hillers (1994) 'The Heroes of the Ulster Cycle' In: J. P. Mallory and G. Stockman (eds). Ulidia: Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales. Belfast: December Publications. , pp.99-106 [Details]

Edited Books

Joseph Harris, Barbara Hillers (Ed.). (2012) Child's Children: Ballad Study and its Legacies. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Barbara Hillers (2000) ''Ulysses and the Judge of Truth: Sources and Meanings in the Irish Odyssey''. Peritia, 13 :194-223. [Details]
Barbara Hillers (1991) ''The Man Who Never Slept: A Survey of the Redactions and their Relation to the Lai de Tydorel''. Bealoideas, 59 :91-105. [Details]

Other Journals

Barbara Hillers, Sim Innes (2012) 'A Mixed Media Folklore Trove: Celtic Folklore in Harvard Libraries' Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 31 :173-208. [Details]
Barbara Hillers (2012) 'The Knight of the Green Cloak and Other Irish Folklore Marvels' Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 31 :137-157. [Details]
Barbara Hillers (1998) ''The Abbot of Druimenaig: Genderbending in Gaelic Tradition'' Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 15 :175-197. [Details]
Barbara Hillers (1997) ''Music from the Otherworld: Modern Gaelic Legends about Fairy Music'' Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 14 :58-75. [Details]
Barbara Hillers and Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh (1990) '`Pay Me For My Story: the Etiquette of Storytelling'' Sinsear 6 :50-60. [Details]


Bo Almqvist and Roibeard Ó Cathasaigh (2002) The Stories of Bab Feiritéar (Ó Bhéal an Bhab: Cnuas-scéalta Bhab Feiritéar). Translation [Details]

Electronic Publication

Sim Innes and Barbara Hillers (2014) Seanchas: The Global Gaelic Jukebox, on Digital Archives of Scottish Gaelic website ( Electronic Publication [Details]
Barbara Hillers with Bettina Kimpton (2008) Buntús na Gaeilge: Irish for Adult Learners. Available on internet - see Electronic Publication [Details]


Research Interests

- Folk narrative in Ireland and Scotland
- Medieval/modern continuities in Gaelic traditional narrative
- Oral/literary and popular/elite interactions in Gaelic tradition
- The international Child ballad and native Gaelic song tradition
- Joe Heaney, singer/storyteller
- Gender and the articulation of women's space in folk narrative and song
- Towards a "global jukebox":Gaelic sound archives and the internet