Researchers at UCD

Mary Gallagher

Professor of French/Francophone Studies

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Newman Building
Dublin 4



I completed my undergraduate studies in French and German at Trinity College Dublin (BA Mod) and my postgraduate studies at the Université de Paris VII, Denis Diderot (DEA) and the Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes-Saint-Denis (Doctorat ès Lettres). I held a research studentship at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris for three years and my doctoral studies were also supported by a two-year scholarship awarded by the French Government.
While completing my doctoral studies, I worked as a lectrice d'anglais for two years at the Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and for two years as a Lecturer in French and German at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, before spending five  years lecturing in French at NUI Maynooth. I was appointed to a lectureship at UCD in 1991, with various stints spent researching, examining and teaching in various other universities, mainly in France and the UK.
My first two monographs were published by Gallimard (Paris) in 1998 and Oxford University Press in 2002. In 1999 I organised an international conference on Caribbean literature in French and this eventually issued in an edited book of essays in 2003, published by Rodopi (Amsterdam). From 2005 I led a PRTLI-funded research project for the Humanities Institute of Ireland at UCD, co-organising five international conferences there along with three colleagues from French Studies in UCD. This collaborative project eventually yielded a total of six published volumes, including a special issue of the UK journal, Modern and Contemporary France (co-edited with Dr Douglas Smith) and two volumes of essays, one on the sense and presence of the subject in contemporary poetry in French, and the other on the work of migrancy, both co-edited with Dr Michael Brophy.
In 2002 and 2003 I brought out critical, annotated editions of French translations of the Creole writings of Lafcadio Hearn and in 2004-05 was awarded an Irish Research Council Senior Fellowship to carry out further research on the writings of Hearn. This work is still ongoing, but in 2008 I published an edited volume of essays on the poet(h)ics of globalization with the University of Toronto press and in 2012 a study of the compromising of academic values in 21st-century universities. 



Honours and Awards

Year: 2005.
Title: Member of Royal Irish Academy
Year: 2008.
Title: Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques
Year: 2004.
Title: IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship 2004 - 2005
Year: 1980.
Title: Trinity College Dublin Moderatorship Gold Medal
Year: 1981.
Title: French Government Postgraduate Scholarship (Two Years)
Year: 1982.
Title: Ecole Normale Superieure Three-Year Foreign Studentship
Year: 1994.
Title: AUPELF/FICU research grant
Year: 1992.
Title: Canadian Studies Faculty Enrichment Award
Year: 1980.
Title: Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart three-year research scholarship


Association: Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande, Function/Role: President 2007-2009
Association: ADEFFI, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Association of Translators and Interpreters, Function/Role: Associate Member
Association: Congrès international des études francophones, Function/Role: Member
Association: Cultural Literacy Europe , Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Mary Gallagher (2017) We Need to Talk about Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. [Invited Lecture], UCD Japan Seminar Series, UCD , 05-OCT-17 - 05-OCT-17.
Mary Gallagher (2017) Re-reading 'Home': Two Haitian Narratives of Return. [International Refereed Conference], Cultural Literacy Europe (Biennial Conference), Academy of Science, University of Warsaw , 10-MAY-17 - 12-OCT-17.
Mary Gallagher (2017) The Lafcadio Hearn and Mattie Foley Story: Black Lives Mattering. [Invited Lecture], Humanities Institute Seminar series, Humanities Institute UCD , 24-FEB-17 - 24-FEB-17.
Mary Gallagher (2017) L'Enigme du retour au pays: deux romans de Dany Laferrière. [International Refereed Conference], Annual Conference of Congrès International des Etudes Francophones, Martinique , 29-JUN-17 - 29-JUN-17.
Mary Gallagher (2016) Teaching Migrant Writing. [Invited Oral Presentation], Cultural Literacy Europe Workshop, University of Warsaw , 19-MAY-16 - 19-MAY-16.
Mary Gallagher (2015) Academic Armageddon Three Years on: Who Cares?. [Plenary Lecture], Education in Crisis: Annual McCauley Conference, Mary Immaculate College Limerick and UL , 21-JUN-17 - 21-JUN-17.
Mary Gallagher (2014) Does Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Odyssey have a Hellenic Connection. [Invited Lecture], Research Seminar Series, Seeger Centre for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University , 09-DEC-14 - 09-DEC-14.
Mary Gallagher (2014) Critical Thinking in Today's Global Universities: Languages in the Eye of the Storm. [Plenary Lecture], Critical Pedagogy in the Contemporary Irish University, University of Limerick , 16-JUN-14 - 16-JUN-14.
Mary Gallagher (2013) Le défi de la décolonisation: l'opacité de la poétique d'Aimé Césaire. [International Refereed Conference], Aimé Césaire: parole due, Centre culturel de Cérisy-la-Salle , 06-OCT-13 - 06-SEP-13.
Mary Gallagher (2013) Lire les photos de racine: l'écriture de Colette Fellous. [Invited Lecture], Hommage à Mireille Calle-Gruber, Université de Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle , 21-JUN-13 - 21-JUN-13.
Mary Gallagher (2013) Une histoire à la place d'une autre: l'écriture auto-biographique de Colette Fellous. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande, NUI Maynooth , 18-OCT-13 - 18-OCT-13.
Mary Gallagher (2012) The Writing of Colette Fellous: towards a Poetics of 'Rémanence'. [Oral Presentation], Un(makings): the Work and its Ends (Ineffacer), UCD , 13-DEC-12 - 14-DEC-12.
Mary Gallagher (2011) Community, Writing and the Caribbeanist Headstart. [Invited Oral Presentation], Caribbean Studies in honour of Professor C. Britton, University College London , 25-JUN-11 - 25-JUN-11.
Mary Gallagher (2010) (Academic Discourse on) Migration and Migrancy. [Oral Presentation], COST/ESF Workshop on Cultural Migration, National University of Ireland , 13-MAY-10 - 14-MAY-10.
Mary Gallagher (2009) La présence lexicale de l'espace américain dans la poésie de Saint-John Perse. [Invited Lecture], Saint-John Perse en ses dictionnaires: l'idolecte d'un poète, Université de Cergy Pontoise , 26-NOV-09 - 27-NOV-09.
Mary Gallagher (2009) Saint-John Perse and la littérature-monde. [Invited Oral Presentation], New Approaches in Saint-John Perse Studies, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies , 30-OCT-09 - 30-OCT-09.
Mary Gallagher (2009) La réécriture de l'écriture proustienne. [Invited Oral Presentation], Le Roman européen: Rewritings-Réécritures, University of Elte/Academy of Science Budapest, Hungary , 30-JAN-09 - 31-JAN-09.
Mary Gallagher (2009) Lire Lafcadio Hearn. [Invited Lecture], Lecture series, Université de Villetaneuse-Paris 13 , 22-MAY-09 - 22-MAY-09.
Mary Gallagher; (2008) 'Lafcadio Hearn's Tropical Displacement: : Between Space and Place'. [Plenary Lecture], American Tropics Colloquium, University of Essex , 08-APR-08 - 10-APR-08.
Mary Gallagher; (2008) Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Tenth Annual ADEFFI Conference, University College Cork , 10-OCT-08 - 11-OCT-08.
Mary Gallagher; (2008) 'The Space of Literary Introspection: Two Case-Studies'. [Oral Presentation], Imagining Space and Place, Dublin , 03-OCT-08 - 04-OCT-08.
Mary Gallagher; (2008) 'Interiors and Interiority in Valéry's 'La Soirée avec Monsieur Teste': Towards a Comparative Reading¿. [Oral Presentation], Interior Worlds in French, Dublin , 04-SEP-08 - 04-SEP-08.
Mary Gallagher; (2008) ''Dwelling in Displacement': the Contrastive Poetics of Habitation in Writing by Régine Robin and Émile Ollivier'. [Oral Presentation], Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin , 15-MAY-08 - 17-MAY-08.
Mary Gallagher; (2007) Ninth annual conference of Association. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Annual Conference of the Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande, Trinity College Dublin , 05-OCT-07 - 06-OCT-07.
Mary Gallagher; (2007) 'Le Roman des Amériques'. [Plenary Lecture], Peut-on parler du roman européen ?, Université de Cergy Pontoise , 07-DEC-07 - 07-DEC-07.
Mary Gallagher; (2007) 'Migrant-stance, or the Aporetic Positioning of écriture migrante'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], La Migrance à l'oeuvre/ Migrancy at Work, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, Dublin , 14-DEC-07 - 15-DEC-07.
Mary Gallagher (2006) Poetics and Globalization: l'exception francophone?. [Oral Presentation], Empire and Culture Now, UCD , 08-SEP-06 - 10-SEP-06.
Mary Gallagher (2006) Lafcadio Hearn and the conte créole. [Invited Lecture], The Conte: oral/written interface, Queen's University Belfast , 20-OCT-06 - 21-OCT-06.
Mary Gallagher (2006) Lafcadio Hearn and the conte créole. [Invited Lecture], The Conte: oral/written interface, Queen's University Belfast , 20-OCT-06 - 21-OCT-06.
Mary Gallagher (2004) The Identity(?) of Lafcadio Hearn. [Invited Oral Presentation], Lunchtime seminar series, Humanities Institute UCD , 19-NOV-04 - 19-NOV-04.
Mary Gallagher (2002) Choosing our wor(l)ds: creolisation, the HII and memory/identity/meaning. [Invited Oral Presentation], Forum Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, UCD , 15-NOV-02 - 15-NOV-02.
Mary Gallagher (2002) La Trinité des Nobels antillais: au nom de la poésie - Perse, du pays - Walcott et de l'histoire - Naipaul. [Invited Lecture], Caribbean Nobels Exhibition, Saint-John Perse Museum, Guadeloupe , 24-MAY-02 - 25-MAY-02.
Mary Gallagher (2002) Paradoxes of the French 'créolité' movement. [Invited Lecture], Creolization and Diaspora: Historical, Ethnographic and Theoretical Approaches, University College London , 20-JUN-03 - 22-JUN-02.
Mary Gallagher (2001) L'Ecrriture contemporaine de l'Habitation antillaise: le deuil de la durée. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Space of the Caribbean Plantation, Université des Antilles-Guyane, Martinique , 21-APR-01 - 23-APR-01.
Mary Gallagher (2001) Division ou relation dans les écrits autobiographiques de Nancy Huston. [International Refereed Conference], Colloque Nancy Huston, Université de la Sorbonne-Paris 3 , 20-APR-01 - 21-APR-01.
Mary Gallagher (1999) Saint-John Perse- an-other Rimbaud?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Autrement Mêmes: International Conference in honour of Prof. Roger Little, Trinity College Dublin , 20-SEP-99 - 23-OCT-99.
Mary Gallagher (1999) De l'Irlande aux Antilles françaises: un déplacement paradoxal. [Plenary Lecture], Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French, University College Dublin , 03-SEP-99 - 04-SEP-99.
Mary Gallagher (1999) De Passages d'Emile Ollivier à Tambour-Babel d'Ernest Pépin: deux relations à la place des Antilles. [Plenary Lecture], Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French, University College Dublin , 03-SEP-99 - 04-SEP-99.
Mary Gallagher (1998) Marie-Thérèse Humbert: the Seduction of Elsewhere. [Invited Lecture], UK Society of French Studies sectional conference on Women, France, French, University College Dublin , 21-MAY-98 - 21-MAY-98.
Mary Gallagher (1998) La postérité créole de Saint-John Perse. [Invited Lecture], La modernité de Saint-John Perse, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France , 20-MAY-98 - 21-MAY-98.
Mary Gallagher (1997) Une écriture métissée: la jonction prodigue entre la théorie et la pratique de la littérature des Antilles françaises 1987-1997. [Invited Lecture], UK Society of French Studies 50th anniversary conference, Université de la Sorbonne Paris 4 , 20-SEP-97 - 21-SEP-97.
Mary Gallagher (1997) Old Worlds and New: the Spatiality of History in the contemporary French Caribbean Novel. [Invited Oral Presentation], Text and History in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, University of Warwick , 20-APR-97 - 21-APR-97.
Mary Gallagher (1997) La nouvelle antillaise contemporaine ou le métissage des genres. [Invited Oral Presentation], La Nouvelle à la frontière des genres, Université de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) , 20-MAY-97 - 21-MAY-97.
Mary Gallagher (1995) Eloge de l'identité: l'unité réflexive des Oeuvres complètes de Saint-John Perse. [Invited Lecture], Collège International Européen, Abbaye de Royaumont, France , 21-JUL-95 - 22-JUL-95.
Mary Gallagher (1995) Writing 'créolité' into French. [International Refereed Conference], Regards sur la francophonie, Université de Rennes 2, France , 20-APR-95 - 21-APR-95.
Mary Gallagher (1994) The Problematic of Collective and Feminine Identity in Anne Hébert's 'Les fous de bassan'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Annual Conference, Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, NUI Galway , 20-MAY-94 - 21-MAY-94.
Mary Gallagher (1994) Paper on Les Hommages à Saint-John Perse. [Invited Oral Presentation], Saint-John Perse face aux Créateurs, Université d'Aix-Marseille, France , 20-DEC-94 - 21-DEC-94.
Mary Gallagher (1994) The Re-evaluation of the Plantation in Contemporary Caribbean Writing in French. [International Refereed Conference], Annual Conference UK Society of French Studies, University of Liverpool , 20-MAR-94 - 21-MAR-94.
Mary Gallagher (1994) La formation en France d'un poète créole. [Invited Oral Presentation], Jeunesse de Saint-John Perse, Université de Bordeaux III , 01-MAR-94 - 02-MAR-94.
Mary Gallagher (1993) Images of France and the French in recent Caribbean Writing in French. [Invited Oral Presentation], Empire, Nation, Language Conference, University College London , 20-DEC-93 - 21-DEC-93.
Mary Gallagher (1993) Being Creole in the French Caribbean. [Invited Oral Presentation], French Department Research seminar series, University College Dublin , 20-MAY-93 - 20-MAY-93.
Mary Gallagher (1993) La créolité de Saint-John Perse. [Chaired Session], Collaborative Research Conference (Caen, St Andrews, UCD), Université de Caen , 01-MAY-93 - 01-MAY-93.
Mary Gallagher (1992) Being Creole: Recent Caribbean Self-Definition. [Invited Oral Presentation], 5th annual conference of ASCALF (Association for study of Caribbean/African Literature in French), French Institute, London , 20-MAY-92 - 21-MAY-92.
Mary Gallagher (1992) Re-Membering or Re-Viewing: Nostalgia for a Caribbean Childhood - Saint-John Perse and Chamoiseau. [Invited Lecture], Caribbean Seminar Series, Commonwealth Institute, University of London , 01-MAY-92 - 02-MAY-92.
Mary Gallagher (1991) Marie-Thérèse Humbert, Mauritius and Francophonie. [Oral Presentation], 3rd Annual conference of ASCALF (Association for Study of African/Caribbean Literature in French), French Institute, London , 20-NOV-91 - 21-NOV-91.
Mary Gallagher (1990) La Poétique de la diversité dans les essais d'Edouard Glissant. [Chaired Session], Colloque International Edouard Glissant, University of Oporto, Portugal , 20-OCT-90 - 21-OCT-90.
Mary Gallagher (1990) L'opacité d'Edouard Glissant: entre la poétique et l'éthique. [Chaired Session], Annual CIEF conference Congrès International des Etudes Francophones, Université des Antilles, Martinique , 20-APR-90 - 21-APR-90.
Mary Gallagher (1990) Emmanuel Levinas: l'éthique et la poétique ou du poème comme 'une poignée de main'. [International Refereed Conference], Littérature et Spiritualité 1940-1990, University of Dalhousie, Canada , 20-SEP-90 - 21-SEP-90.
Mary Gallagher (1989) Reading and Difference: Approach or Containment?. [Oral Presentation], 2nd annual conference of Association for the Study of Caribbean & African Literature in French, French Institute London , 20-NOV-89 - 21-NOV-89.
Mary Gallagher (1987) Francité et poéticité chez Saint-John Perse. [Chaired Session], Saint-John Perse centenary colloquium, Howard University, Washington DC , 20-DEC-87 - 21-DEC-87.
Mary Gallagher (1987) L'Etre ou l'étant: problématiques de la relation chez Saint-John Perse. [Chaired Session], Saint-John Perse Centenary Conference, Fondation Saint-John Perse, Aix-en-Provence , 20-JUL-87 - 21-JUL-87.
Mary Gallagher (1985) Impossible Innocence: Reading Saint-John Perse on Cultural Difference. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Cross-Cultural Studies Conference: Europe and its Others, University of Essex , 20-JUL-85 - 21-JUL-85.


Committee : Since 2007, Member, Editorial committee, Series 'Litteratures de langue francaise', Peter Lang
Committee : Since 2010, member, Editorial Board, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, published by University of Pittsburgh
Committee : 2010-2014, Academic Mentoring Committee, College of Arts & Celtic Studies, UCD
Committee : Management Committee, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD
Committee : Co-chair, Editorial committee Peter Lang Monograph series (Littératures de langue française)
Committee : CLE- Cultural Literacy Europe forum


Employer: Université de Cergy Pontoise
Position: Professeur invitée
Employer: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Position: Lecturer
Employer: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Position: Lecturer in French and German
Employer: Queen's University Belfast
Position: External Examiner in French (BA and MA programmes)
Employer: University of Aberdeen
Position: External Examiner in French (Undergraduate programmes)
Employer: Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
Position: Professeur invitée (Visiting Professorship)


Year 1980 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1981 Institution: Uni Denis Diderot, Paris VII
Qualification: DEA -MSC Subject:
Year 2006 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Diploma Subject: Higher Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Diploma Subject: Diploma in Arbitration Law and Procedure
Year 1988 Institution: Université de Paris VIII (Vincennes à Saint-Denis).
Qualification: PhD Subject:




Client: Natiional University of Ireland (Post-doctoral Scholarship Assessment)
Client: ADEFFI (Association of French/Francophone Studies of Ireland) Doctoral Scholarship Assessment
Client: French Studies, Journal of Society of French Studies, UK (Article refereeing)
Client: Irish Journal of French Studies
Client: Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (Essay Prize assessment)
Client: Toronto University Press (Refereeing Book Proposals/Manuscripts)
Client: University of Virginia Press (Refereeing book proposals and manuscripts)
Client: Peter Lang Publishers (Refereeing Book Proposals)
Client: Council for the Humanities, Princeton University (Rapporteur for project proposal)
Client: Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3 (External examiner, doctoral degree)
Client: Universite de Cergy-Pontoise (External examiner, Doctoral thesis)
Client: University of Uppsala, Sweden (External examiner, doctoral degree)
Client: University of Glasgow (external examiner, PhD thesis)
Client: Trinity College Dublin (External examiner, PhD thesis)
Client: University of Bristol (External examiner, PhD thesis)
Client: Queen's University Belfast
Client: University of London (Queen Mary and Westfield) (External examiner, PhD thesis)
Client: NUI Cork (External assessor, appointment board)
Client: NUI Maynooth (External assessor, appointment board)
Client: University of Liverpool Press
Client: University of Western Australia
Client: University of Western Australia
Client: European Research Council
Client: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education (journal published by Routledge)

Journals Edited

Irish Journal Of French Studies: Editor.

Other Activities

Organisation of conferences:

1.Organiser: Ici-La: Caribbean Writing in French, September 1999, UCD

2. Co-organiser with Dr Michael Brophy of international conference: Sens et presence du sujet poetique, September 2003, Newman House, UCD

3. Co-organiser with Dr Douglas Smith of international colloquium: Empire and Culture Now: Francophone Approaches to Globalization, September 2006, Humanities Institute of Ireland,  

4. Co-organiser with Dr Michael Brophy, Dr Douglas Smith and Dr Emer O'Beirne of international conference: 'La Migrance à l'oeuvre', September 2007, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD

5. Organiser of International Workshop, Interior Worlds in French, September 2008, Newman House, UCD

6. Co-organiser with Dr Emer O'Beirne of annual conference of Irish Association of French/Francophone Studies: Colloque de l'ADEFFI, October 2007 (Trinity College Dublin) save

7. Co-organiser with Dr Emer O'Beirne of annual conference of Irish Association of French/Francophone Studies: Colloque de l'ADEFFI, October 2008 (University College Cork)

8. Co-organiser with Dr Michael Brophy of international conference at UCD (un)Makings: the Work and its Ends
13th and 14th December 2012


RTE Radio 1, Interview broadcast with Marian Finucane about Lafcadio Hearn, 2004

RTE Radio 1, Interview broadcast on December 7 2013 on Dialogue with Andy O'Mahony about Academic Armageddon (2012)

RTE 1 Television, Interview on Academic Armageddon with Robert Shortt broadcast on Primetime, 3rd June.




Jeanne Riou, Mary Gallagher (ed.) (2016) Ressentiment: on the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript (distrib. Columbia UP). [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2012) Academic Armageddon: An Irish Requiem for Higher Education. Dublin: The Liffey Press. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (ed.); (2008) World Writing: Poetics, Ethics, Globalization. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (ed.) (2003) Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. Amsterdam: Rodopi. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2002) Soundings in French Caribbean Writing Since 1950: The Shock of Space and Time. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1998) La Créolité de Saint-John Perse. Paris: Gallimard, NRF. [Details]

Book Chapters

Mary Gallagher (2017) 'Césaire: Poetry and Politics' In: Christopher Prendergast (eds). A History of Modern French Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press. , pp.575-594 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2016) 'The Critical Focus of Re-Thinking Ressentiment' In: Jeanne Riou & Mary Gallagher (eds). Re-Thinking Ressentiment: on the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics. Bielefeld, Germany: transcript. , pp.24-32 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2016) ''Ressentiment and Dissensus: the Place of Critique in the Contemporary Academy'' In: Jeanne Riou & Mary Gallagher (eds). Re-Thinking Ressentiment: on the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics. Bielefeld, Germany: transcript. , pp.167-205 [Details]
Dominique Jeannerod (Translated by Mary Gallagher) (2016) 'Specular Ressentiment: San Antonio or the Art of Faking Ressentiment' In: Jeanne Riou and Mary Gallagher (eds). Re-thinking Ressentiment: on the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript. , pp.133-148 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2016) 'La réécriture de l'introspection moderniste comme sceau de l'europanéité du roman français du XXe siècle finissant' In: Catherine Mayaux & János Szávai (eds). Romans européens depuis 1960. Paris: Honoré Champion Editeurs. , pp.21-32 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2016) 'Quelle place pour l'Histoire dans 'Aujourd'hui' de Colette Fellous et dans 'La Vie extérieure' d'Annie Ernaux?' In: Catherine Mayaux & János Szávai (eds). Romans européens depuis 1960. Paris: Honoré Champion Editeurs. , pp.287-304 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2015) 'Lire les 'photos de racines' avec Mireille Calle-Gruber' In: Balcázar Moréno, Mélina et al (eds). L'Amour du monde à l'abri du monde dans la littérature: Hommage à Mireille Calle-Gruber. Paris: Hermann. , pp.133-142 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2015) 'La poétique de la rémanence dans l'oeuvre de Colette Fellous' In: Michael Brophy (eds). Ineffacer: l'oeuvre et ses fins. Paris: Hermann. , pp.209-223 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2014) ''Lost and Gained in Migration: the Writing of Migrancy'' In: Naomi Schor & Daniela Koleva (eds). From Literature to Cultural Literacy. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.122-137 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2013) 'De la 'case-à-eau' au 'ranch': la présence lexicale de l'éthos américain dans trois grands poèmes de Saint-John Perse'' In: Catherine Mayaux (eds). Saint-John Perse en ses dictionnaires. Paris: Champion. , pp.123-140 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2012) 'Multilingual Europeans, Contemporary Ireland and John Carney's film 'Once'' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). Multillingual Europe, Multilingual Europeans. Amsterdam: European Studies 29, Rodopi. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2012) 'Ethics in the Absence of Reference: Levinas and the (Aesthetic) Value of Diversity' In: John E. Drabinski (eds). Levinas Studies: An Annual Review. Pittsburgh PA: Duquesne University Press. , pp.95-125 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2012) 'Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum' In: Celia Britton & Martin Munro (eds). American Creoles. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. , pp.19-39 [Details]
Michael Brophy, Mary Gallagher (2011) 'Chemin faisant... (Introduction)' In: Michael Brophy, Mary Gallagher (eds). La Migrance à l'oeuvre. Berne: Peter Lang. , pp.IX-XIX [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2011) 'De la condition du migrant à la migrance à l'oeuvre' In: Michael Brophy & Mary Gallagher (eds). La Migrance à l'oeuvre. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.11-23 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2011) 'The Creole Folktale in the Writing of Lafcadio Hearn: an aesthetic of mediation' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). The Conte: Oral and Written Dynamics. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.133-151 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2011) 'Dramatizing Introspective Narrative: Configurations of Bedchamber and Stage in Paul Valéry's 'La Soirée avec Monsieur Teste' and Proust's 'Combray'' In: Kathleeen James-Chakraborty, Sabine Strumper-Krobb (eds). Crossing Borders: Space beyond Disciplines. Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.103-120 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2010) 'Saint-John Perse: Ecrit sur la porte' In: Hugues Azerad & Peter Collier (eds). Twentieth-Century French Poetry: An Anthology. Cambridge: Cambridge University press. , pp.61-69 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2010) 'Concealment, Displacement and Disconnection: The Dew Breaker' In: Martin Munro (eds). Edwidge Danticat: A Reader's Guide. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. , pp.281-307 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2009) 'Migracion y escritura: dos textos de Nancy Huston' In: Margarita Alfaro y Beatriz Mangada (eds). Interculturalidad y creacion artistica: espacios poeticos para une nueva Europa. Madrid: Calambur. , pp.67-80 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2009) 'Pour situer le discours critique sur le 'roman européen'' In: Catherine Mayaux & János Szávai (eds). Problématique du roman européen 1960¿2007. Paris: L'Harmattan. , pp.13-21 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2009) 'Aimé Césaire and Francophone Postcolonial Thought' In: Charles Forsdick & David Murphy (eds). Postcolonial Thought in the French-Speaking World. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. , pp.31-41 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2008) ' `Relating (in Theory) in a Globalized World: Between Levinas's Ethics and Glissant's Poetics'' In: Mary Gallagher; (eds). World Writing: Poetics, Ethics, Globalization. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. , pp.86-121 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2008) ''The Theatrical Tropism of Paul Valéry's 'La Soirée avec Monsieur Teste'' In: Mary Gallagher; (eds). Reverberations: Staging Relations in French since 1500. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. , pp.161-169 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2008) 'Introduction: Poetics, Ethics and Globalization' In: Mary Gallagher; (eds). World Writing: Poetics, Ethics, Globalization. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. , pp.3-61 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2006) ''The Créolité Movement: Paradoxes of a French Caribbean Orthodoxy'' In: Charles Stewart (eds). Creolization: History, Ethnography, Theory. Walnut Creek CA: Left Coast Press. , pp.220-236 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2006) ''L'assujettissement du sujet poétique antillais'' In: Mary Gallagher; (eds). Sens et présence du sujet poétique. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. , pp.117-125 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2005) ''Le discours de la créolité, ou l'enjeu épineux de la mémoire'' In: Carlo Célius (eds). Situations céoles: Pratiques et représentations. Québec: Nota bene. , pp.140-158 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2004) ''Nancy Huston, ou la relation proliférante'' In: Marta Dvorak & Jane Koustas (eds). Vision/Division: l'oeuvre de Nancy Huston. Ottawa: Unviersity of Ottawa Press. , pp.23-35 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (ed.); (2003) ''Between "here" and "there", or the hyphen of unfinished things'' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. , pp.xiii-xxiv [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2003) ''Re-membering Caribbean Childhoods'' In: Gertrud Aub-Buscher & Beverley Ormerod (eds). The Francophone Caribbean Today: Literature, Language, Culture. Mona, Jamaica: Uniiversity of the West Indies Press. , pp.45-59 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (ed.); (2003) 'The Passion of Place and Passage: from Emile Ollivier's Passages to Ernest Pépin's Tambour-Babel'' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. , pp.157-178 [Details]
Mary Gallagher (ed.); (2003) ''Circuitous Connections: Ireland and the French-Speaking Caribbean'' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. , pp.281-294 [Details]
Ernest Pépin (translated by Mary Gallagher) (2003) 'The Place of Space in the Novels of the créolité Movement' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. Amsterdam: Rodopi. , pp.1-24 [Details]
Bernadette Cailler (translated by Mary Gallagher) (2003) ''From Gabelles to Grands ChaosL a Study of the Disode to the Homeless' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. Amsterdam: Rodopi. , pp.101-124 [Details]
Maximilien Laroche (Translated by Mary Gallagher) (2003) ''Displacement, Repositioning, Metamorphosis' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. Amsterdam: Rodopi. , pp.125-142 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2002) ''Rimbaud: an(other) Saint-John Perse'' In: David Murphy & Aedin Ni Loingsigh (eds). Autrement mêmes / Threshholds of Otherness. London: Grant & Cutler. , pp.133-150 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2002) ''La Trinité antillaise: au nom de la poésie, des Antilles et de l'histoire'' In: Mary Gallagher; (eds). Nobel en Caraïbe : Centenaire du Prix Nobel. Aix-en-Provence, France: Fondation Saint-John Perse. , pp.31-37 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2001) ''La nouvelle antillaise contemporaine ou le métissage générique'' In: Vincent Engel & Michel Guissard (eds). La Nouvelle de langue française aux frontières des autres genres. Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium: Academia Bruylant. , pp.444-451 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2001) ''Saint-John Perse, Créole, donc moderne?'' In: Catherine Mayaux (eds). Modernité de Saint-John Perse?. Besançon, France: Presses de l'université de Franche-Comté. , pp.363-375 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2000) 'Caribbean Literature (French)' In: Mary Gallagher; (eds). The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. London: Association Modern Languages. , pp.196-199 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1999) 'Caribbean Literature (French)' In: Mary Gallagher; (eds). The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. London: Association Modern Languages. , pp.247-250 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1999) ''Saint-John Perse: Seminal Praise'' In: Sam Haigh (eds). An Introduction to Caribbean Francophone Writing. Oxford: Berg. , pp.17-33 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1997) ''La littérature de la créolité: traduire le créole, est-ce le trahir?'' In: Marc Gontard & Maryse Bray (eds). Regards sur la francophonie. Rennes, France: Presses universitaires de Rennes. , pp.201-209 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1996) ''Ecrire l'antillanité'' In: Jean-Philippe Imbert & Madeleine Cottenet-Hage (eds). Parallèles: Anthologie de la nouvelle féminine de langue française. Québec: L'Instant même. , pp.266-272 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1996) ''Des ébauches d'une poétique créole: trois poèmes de Saint-John Perse'' In: Jack Corzani (eds). Saint-John Perse: les années de formation. Paris: L'Instant même. , pp.29-43 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1992) ''La poétique de la diversité dans les essais d'Edouard Glissant'' In: Yves-Alain Favre (eds). Horizons d'Edouard Glissant. Pau, France: J&D Editions. , pp.27-36 [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1988) ''L'être et l'étant: le sens du divers dans l'écriture poétique de Saint-John Perse'' In: Pierre Pinalie (eds). Pour Saint-John Perse. Paris: L'Harmattan. , pp.187-201 [Details]

Edited Books

Michael Brophy & Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2011) La Migrance à l'oeuvre. Repérages esthétiques, éthiques et politiques. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
Mary Gallagher & Douglas Smith (Ed.). (2010) Modern and Contemporary France: Empire and Culture Now (special issue). London: Routledge. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (Guest Editor) (Ed.). (2008) Irish Journal of French Studies No. 8 (Guest Editor: Mary Gallagher). Dublin: Association of French and Francophone Studies of Ireland. [Details]
Phyllis Gaffney & Michael Brophy & Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2008) Reverberations: Staging Relations in French since 1500. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [Details]
Michael Brophy & Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2006) Sens et présence du sujet poétique. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2004) Lafcadio Hearn, Un voyage d'été aux Tropiques. Paris: L'Harmattan. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2003) Lafcadio Hearn, Esquisses martiniquaises I. Paris: L'Harmattan. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2003) Lafcadio Hearn, Esquisses martiniquaises II. Paris: L'Harmattan. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Mary Gallagher (2016) ''Locating Hybridity' by Ashwiny Kistnareddy'. Modern and Contemporary France, 24 (3):342-342. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2016) ''Writing on the Faultline' and 'Tropical Apocalypse' by Martin Munro'. L'Esprit Createur, 56 (1):145-146. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2015) 'Poetyka, etyka i globalizacja (trans. Anna Rogulska)'. Forum Poetyki, 1 (1):38-51. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2014) 'Review of José Manuel Cruz Rodriguez, Analyse du discours littéraire antillais. Le roman de la Plantation: Glissant et Confiant. Saarbrucken, Germany: Editions universitaires européennes, 2010'. New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (NWIG), 88 (1-2):205-206. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2014) 'Le défi de la décolonisation: une poétique de la parole proférée'. Presence africaine, 1 (189):325-334. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2014) 'Community in Global Academies: on the Critical Positioning of Meta-Francophone Caribbeanists'. Paragraph, 37 (2):290-307. [Details]
Mary Gallagher (2013) 'Review of Patrick Chamoiseau: A Critical Introduction by Wendy Knepper'. French Studies, 67 (4):582-582. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2010) 'Review of Richard Watts, Packaging Post/Coloniality: the Manufacture of Literary Identity in the Francophone World'. French Studies, 64 (3):380-381. [Details]
Mary Gallagher and Douglas Smith; (2010) 'Empire and Culture Now: Francophone Perspectives on Globalization'. Modern & Contemporary France, Volume 18 (2):147-154. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2010) 'Postcolonial Poetics: l'exception francophone?'. Modern & Contemporary France, Volume 18, number 2 :251-268. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2010) 'Review of Richard Watts, Packaging Post/Coloniality'. French Studies, 64 (3):380-381. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2010) 'Connection Failures: Discourse on Contemporary European and Caribbean Writing in French'. Small Axe. A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 14 (3):21-32. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2008) 'Review of Assia Djebar: Litterature et transmission, ed. M. Calle-Gruber, W. Asholt, D. Combe'. Irish Journal of French Studies, 8 :129-131. [Details]
Mary Gallagher ; (2008) 'Review of Maeve McCusker, Patrick Chamoiseau: Recovering Memory'. Irish Journal of French Studies, 8 :128-129. [Details]
(as Guest Editor) Mary Gallagher); (2008) 'Guest Editor'. Irish Journal of French Studies, 8 . [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2007) ''Genre and Self: Some Reflections on the Poetics and Politics of the 'fils de Cesaire'''. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 10 (1-2):51-66. [Details]
Gallagher, M., , ; (2007) 'Review of Saint-John Perse/Alain Bosquet Correspondance: 1942-1975'. French Studies, 61 (3):405-405. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2005) 'Review of Alvina Ruprecht (ed.) Les Theatres francophones et creolophones de la Caraibe'. Modern Language Review, 100 (4):1123-1124. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2005) 'Review of Jean Faustman, Le Creuset des cultures: la litterature antillaise'. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 8 (3). [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2004) ''Contemporary French Caribbean Poetry, or the Poetics of Reference''. Forum for Modern Language Studies, XL (4):451-462. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2003) ''RIP ASCALF: Some (Mischievous) Thoughts on Postcolonial Studies''. Francophone Postcolonial Studies, I (2):51-54. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (2002) 'Review of Carol Rigolot, Forged Genealogies: Saint-John Perse's Conversations with Culture'. French Studies, LVII (3):416-418. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1999) 'Review of La Francophonie: Mythes et Masques, ed. B. Jones, A. Miguet, P. Corcorcan'. French Studies, LIII (3):363. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1999) ''Revisiting the Others' Others, or the Bankrupty of Otherness as a Value in Literature in French''. Women'S Studies Review, 6 :51-59. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1999) 'Review of Pluie et vent sur Telumee Miracle by Simone Schwarz-Bart, ed. A. Fralin & C. Szers'. French Studies, LIII (4):491-492. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1995) 'Review of Amrboise Kom, George Lamming et le destin des Caraibes'. Bulletin of Francophone Africa, 4 (7):112-114. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1993) 'Review of Dominique Combe, Poesie et recit'. French Studies, XLVII (2):245-246. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (199) 'Review of Edouard Glissant, Caribbean Discourse'. The American Book Review, 13 (1):27. [Details]

Other Journals

Mary Gallagher; (1995) 'La creation comme mediation: la reflexivite des Hommages de Saint-John Perse' Souffle de Perse 5 :202-210. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1994) 'Saint-John Perse et la nouvelle creolite' Souffle de Perse. Revue de la Fondation Saint-John Perse 4 :75-91. [Details]
Mary Gallagher; (1994) 'Whence and whither the French Caribbean Creolite Movement' ASCALF Bulletin (Association for the Study of Caribbean and African Literature in French) 9 :3-18. [Details]

Dictionary Entry

Mary Gallagher; (2002) Nine entries in La Francophonie: the Essential Glossary, ed. Margaret Majumdar, London: Arnold. Dictionary Entry [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

Mary Gallagher; (1995) 'V. Y. Mudimbe' in The Oxford Companion to French Studies. Oxford: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Mary Gallagher (ed.); (1995) Marie-Thérèse Humbert in The Oxford Companion to French Studies. Oxford: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]


Dominique Jeannerod (translator Mary Gallagher) (2016) Translation of 'Specular Ressentiment: San-Antonio, or the Art of Faking Resentment' (in Re-Thinking Ressentiment). Bielefeld, Germany: Translation [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests lie in four main areas:

firstly, 20th century writing in French from outside France, principally the Caribbean and Canada, but also Tunisia;

secondly, 20th century writing in French by women;

thirdly, early twentieth-century introspective writing (Proust, Valéry, Colette...);

fourthly, twentieth-century migrant writing in French.

However, further research interests that fall outside these areas are the Creole writings of Lafcadio Hearn and the writing of Emmanuel Levinas.  

Research Projects

Sponsor : Higher Education Authority (HEA)
Title : 'World-writing' in French: Memory/Imagination, Identity/Relation and Place/Displacement
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-02 / 31-DEC-07

Recent Postgraduates

Almost without exception, my contribution to postgraduate supervision has been made outside UCD.

1. I have acted as external examiner for doctorates in several universities in Ireland, the UK and France, and have also examined doctoral theses from students registered at universities in Sweden and Australia.
2. My work at the University of Cergy-Pontoise as visiting professor involved reading the work of doctoral students there, meeting with these students and advising them.
3. I was involved for several years in the assessment of applications from Irish-based doctoral students for IRCHSS funding.
4. I am currently supervising a PhD on Caribbean and Migrant writing in French and am co-supervising a doctoral student registered at the Université de Guyane (studying the English translations of the poetry of L.G. Damas).

My only real opportunities for involvement with postgraduate students at UCD has been at Masters level. I have given a Masters seminar which has usually attracted more Erasmus students from France than Irish students. I have supervised minor Masters theses and in particular have acted as internal examiner for a large number of these submissions. In addition I examined minor Masters theses in my role as External Examiner at the Queen's University Belfast.


Current Postgraduate Students

Helen Mc Alister, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor


Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy is to give of my very best to my teaching and to encourage my students to give of their best to their studies. That means showing them how to respect and how to relish the academic detail and depth of their subject.

Enhancement of Teaching

My lecturing in particular was enhanced by the new audio-visual facilities, particularly the document reader, made available in lecture theatres in the Newman Building. The judicious use of Blackboard has also been a huge help in communicating with students and in enabling them to get access to useful learning materials. Student feedback has also been helpful, but I have not found centralised student feedback mechanisms as useful as feedback collected anonymously from students in class. In general, students are generous about contributing feedback directly, whereas in centralised online surveys response rates are 25-35% only. I am currently involved in designing a textbook and already this exercise is enhancing my pedagogical practice.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

A very large part of the curriculum in my subject relates to the teaching of skills in spoken and written French. We are educating after all, amongst others, the next generation of teachers of French. I am engaged with my colleagues in a constant Herculean struggle to set and maintain standards in this respect. Everybody knows about the national decline in literacy standards. Imagine trying to achieve high literacy standards in a second language! Apart from collaborative language teaching, I have been and continue to be involved in co-designing and co-teaching core courses on French-language culture (and in using these as supplementary ways of teaching the French language). For example, first-year literature survey courses. This does not mean that I've not invested a lot of time in designing and renewing more specialist courses. Over the years, I've taught collaboratively on several specialist courses: Women's Writing, the work of Marcel Proust and an MA course on Migrant Writing (Écriture migrante). I have also taught the latter course solo. In all my courses, MA or undergraduate, I regularly introduce new material (ie. change the core texts) including works by Canadian, Haitian, Tunisian authors or writers with an Indian Ocean or Vietnamese background. Other solo courses that I've taught include MA courses on the Early 20th Century Introspective Novel (Colette, Paul Valéry and Marcel Proust) and undergraduate courses on New World or American Writing (Canadian and Caribbean literature in French).

Developing as a Teacher

As a younger teacher, I had (no doubt unjustifiably but possibly beneficially) high levels of confidence in my own abilities and vocation as a teacher. Since the end of the nineties and since 2004/5 in particular, a new emphasis on the processes and on the assessment both of learning and of teaching could have proved distracting, were it not for the necessity for those involved in teaching language (speaking, understanding, reading and writing) to retain a very strong sense of the extent and limits of their own teaching abilities. So although I believe that both teachers and students are over-assessed and that the processes of learning and of teaching are being over-emphasised at the expense of the student's own long-term investment in, and commitment to, a rigorous grasp of the detail and depth of their subject. I think that teachers of language are more aware than most of the value of what they are attempting to do and of the challenges inherent in their work.

Innovation & Leadership

I place my faith in: 1. perpetual and creative (self)renewal; and collaboration and collegiality. 'Leadership' in teaching is an oxymoron in much the same way as 'Leadership' in parenting. Still, it may be possible to show 'leadership' in teaching by placing one's role as 'teacher' if not at the heart of one's work, then close to it.


Internal Collaborators

Up to and including 2014, conference organisation and publication projects with: Dr Michael Brophy, Dr Phyllis Gaffney, Dr Emer O'Beirne and Dr Douglas Smith (all in French Studies in UCD) and with Dr Jeanne Riou in German Studies at UCD.

External Collaborators

Professor Catherine Mayaux, Université de Cergy Pontoise
Professor Mireille Rosello, Free University of Amsterdam
Professor Mireille Calle-Gruber, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3
Professor May Chehab, University of Cyprus