Researchers at UCD


Phyllis Gaffney

Senior Lecturer

School Of Languages and Literature
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168167


<<UCD graduate in French and History (1972). Took a master's in medieval history at the University of Strasbourg (1973) and a doctorate in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge (1982). Lectured in French at Carysfort College of Education (1976-88), taught Old French on a part-time basis at TCD (1981-84), moved to UCD French Department in 1988 and joined UCD School of Languages and Literatures in 2005. Was Head of French & Francophone Studies 2004-2007.>>


Honours and Awards

Year: 2011.
Title: Chevalier dans l'ordre des palmes académiques



Phyllis Gaffney; (2011) Constructions of Childhood and Youth in Old French Narrative. Farnham, Surrey, GB and Burlington, VT USA: Ashgate. Available Online [Details]
Phyllis Gaffney; (1999) Healing Amid The Ruins: The Irish Hospital at Saint-Lô (1945-46). Dublin: A. & A. Farmar. [Details]

Book Chapters

Phyllis Gaffney (2012) ''When the wind blows: youthful automata in three Old French poems'' In: Phyllis Gaffney and Jean-Michel Picard (eds). The Medieval Imagination: Mirabile Dictu. Essays in Honour of Yolande de Pontfarcy Sexton. Dublin: Four Courts. , pp.57-67 [Details]
Phyllis Gaffney; (2010) 'A Hospital for the Ruins: the Irish Hospital at Saint-Lô' In: Morgan, G. and Hughes, G.eds (eds). Southern Ireland and the Liberation of France: New Perspectives. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.103-120 [Details]
Phyllis Gaffney; (2010) ''Assistant Something-or-Other in the New University': Life and Letters of Mary Kate O'Kelly, 1878-1934' In: Judith Harford and Claire Rush (eds). Have Women Made a Difference? Women in Irish Universities, 1850-2010. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.105-126 [Details]
Gaffney P; (2008) 'Une certaine idée de l'Irlande, or the professor as propagandist: Roger Chauviré's Irish fictions' In: Phyllis Gaffney, Michael Brophy and Mary Gallagher (eds). Reverberations: Staging Relations in French since 1500. A Festschrift in Honour of C.E.J. Caldicott. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.390-403 [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2004) 'When we were very young: University College Dublin's French Department and the Fight for Irish Freedom' In: edited by Eamon Maher and Grace Neville (eds). France-Ireland: Anatomy of a Relationship. Studies in History, Literature and Poliltics. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.203-223 [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2003) 'Enfance épique, enfance romanesque: deux modèles de jeune protagoniste dans la poésie narrative du XIIe siècle' In: edited by Anne Chevalier and Carole Dornier (eds). Le récit d'enfance et ses modèles. Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen. , pp.149-160 [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2003) 'Aughrim, Flanders, Ladysmith and other Sites of Memory in Beckett's Mercier et Camier'' In: edited by Edric Caldicott and Anne Fuchs (eds). Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature and History. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.225-240 [Details]
Gaffney, P.; (1999) '"The achieve of, the mastery of the thing!" Pierre Leyris's Verse Translations of Gerard Manley Hopkins' In: Jean Boase-Beier and Michael Holman (eds). The Practices of Literary Translation: Constraints and Creativity. Manchester: St Jerome. , pp.45-58 [Details]
Gaffney, P.; (1997) 'Jean sans Terre Ferme ou le regard à travers le livre: espaces et identité dans Les Mots de J.-P. Sartre' In: David Gascoigne (eds). Le moi et ses espaces: quelques repères identitaires dans la littérature française contemporaine. Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen. , pp.77-97 [Details]

Edited Books

Phyllis Gaffney and Jean-Michel Picard (Ed.). (2012) The Medieval Imagination: Mirabile Dictu. Essays in Honour of Yolande de Pontfarcy Sexton. Dublin: Fourt Courts Press. [Details]
Phyllis Gaffney, Michael Brophy, Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2008) Reverberations: Staging Relations in French since 1500. A Festschrift in Honour of C.E.J. Caldicott. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Gaffney, Phyllis (2014) 'Le géant à l'arc et l'enfant à l'olifant: contexte et sens d'un passage de la chanson de Mainet'. Romania, 132 :159-175. [Details]
Gaffney, P; (1999) 'Dante, Manzoni, De Valera, Beckett...? Circumlocutions of a storekeeper: Beckett and Saint-Lo (Postwar France, Red Cross, relief effort, Irish Hospital)'. Irish Univ Rev, 29 :256-280. [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2006) 'Arms and the Medic: Châteaudun, Saint-Lô and an Irish Red Cross Plan for a Field Ambulance in 1943'. The Irish Sword, 25 :200-216. [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2005) 'Childhood and gender: Chrétien's pucele as manches petites, or the importance of being marginal'. Romania, 123 :80-98. [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2004) 'Beckett, Belvedere College and Boer War Games: an Idle Speculation'. French Studies Bulletin, 90 :11-13. [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2002) 'A Double-Sided Mirror: Cocteau's L'éternel retour and the Medieval Sources'. Tristania, 21 :105-121. [Details]
Gaffney, P.; (1999) 'Neither Here Nor There: Ireland, Saint-Lô, and Beckett's First Novel in French'. Journal of Beckett Studies, 9 (1):1-26. [Details]
Gaffney, P.; (1999) 'Why was Ireland given special treatment? The awkward state of Franco-Irish diplomatic relations, August 1944–March 1945'. Etudes Irlandaises, 24 (1):151-162. [Details]
Gaffney, P.; (1997) 'Just a Quibble: a Note on Beckett's Handwriting'. French Studies Bulletin, 65 (4):16-17. [Details]
Gaffney, P.; (1995) 'Iseut la (dumb) blonde : The Portrayal of the Queen in the Folies Tristan'. Romania, 113 (3-4):401-420. [Details]
Gaffney, P.; (1990) 'The Ages of Man in Old French Verse Epic and Romance'. Modern Language Review, 85 (3):570-582. [Details]

Conference Publications

Gaffney P; (2008) Dramatising the Myth and Mythologising the Drama: Cathleen Ni Houlihan and Roger Chauviré's L'Incantation . In: Marie-Claire Considère-Charon, Philippe Laplace and Michel Savaric eds. The Irish Celebrating: Festive and Tragic Overtones Université de Besançon, , 24-MAR-06 - 25-MAR-06 , pp.86-95 [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2007) Une terrible beauté, or 1916 and all that: French fictional representations of modern Irish history . In: Pearson-Evans, A. and Leahy, A. eds eds. Intercultural Spaces: Language, Culture, Identity , 07-NOV-03 - 08-NOV-03 , pp.137-148 [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2006) Revolutionary Voices from the West: Yeatsian Hiberno-English Migrates into French . In: Nigel Armstrong and Federico Federici eds. Translating Voices, Translating Regions Rieti, Italy, , 17-SEP-05 - 18-SEP-05 , pp.379-391 [Details]

Book Reviews

Gaffney, Phyllis (2014) The French Connections: online review essay of Eamon Maher and Catherine Maignant (eds), Franco-Irish Connections in Space and Time: Peregrinations and Ruminations [294 pp] (Peter Lang, 2013); Catherine Maignant (éd), La France et l'Irlande: destins croisés 16e-21e siècles [241 pp] (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion); Thérèse Ghesquière-Diérickx and Seán Mac Cartan, Les Mac Cartan de Kinelarty: Racines irlandaises de Charles de Gaulle / The McCartans of Kinelarty: Charles de Gaulle's Irish Roots [176 pp] (La Voix du Nord), for Dublin Review of Books. Book Reviews [Details]
Phyllis Gaffney; (2009) Review of Chiara Montini's La bataille du soliloque. Genèse de la poétique bilingue de Samuel Beckett (1929-1946). Irish Journal of French Studies, 7, 2007: Book Reviews [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2004) Review of Buford Norman, The Child in French and Francophone Literature. Irish Journal of French Studies, 4, 2004: Book Reviews [Details]
Gaffney, P; (2003) Review of SunHee Kim Gertz, Echoes and Reflections: Memory and Memorials in Ovid and Marie de France (Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2003). Irish Journal of French Studies, 3, 2003: Book Reviews [Details]


Research Interests

Medieval attitudes towards childhood, youth and age; history of childhood; 12th-century narrative verse in Old French, especially the Tristan poems; the Irish Hospital, Saint-Lô; Beckett and Saint-Lô; Roger Chauviré

Published, February 2011: Constructions of Childhood and Youth in Old French Narrative (Ashgate). See

Current research projects

The fictions of Roger Chauviré