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Mary Gallagher

Associate Professor of French/Francophone Studies

School of Languages & Literature
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

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Email: mary.gallagher@ucd.ie

Biography

Studies
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.
Appointments
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.
Research
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. 


 
 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2008.
Title: Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques
Year: 2005.
Title: Member of Royal Irish Academy
Year: 2004.
Title: IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship 2004 - 2005
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
Year: 1981.
Title: French Government Postgraduate Scholarship (Two Years)
Year: 1982.
Title: Ecole Normale Superieure Three-Year Foreign Studentship
Year: 1980.
Title: Trinity College Dublin Moderatorship Gold Medal

Associations

Association: Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande, Function/Role: President 2007-2009
     

Conference Contributions

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; (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; (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) 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) '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) '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; (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; (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.

Committees

Committee : 2010-2012, Academic Mentoring Committee, College of Arts & Celtic Studies, UCD
Committee : Management Committee, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD
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

Employment

Employer: Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
Position: Professeur invitée (Visiting Professorship)
Employer: Université de Cergy Pontoise
Position: Professeur invitée
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: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Position: Lecturer
Employer: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Position: Lecturer in French and German

Education

Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: H.Dip Subject: Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Year 2007 Institution: UCD
Qualification: Diploma in Arbitration Law Subject: Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Year 1980 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1981 Institution: Uni Denis Diderot, Paris VII
Qualification: DEA -MSC Subject:
Year 1988 Institution: Universite Paris VIII
Qualification: Doctorat Subject: Litterature francaise et comparee
 

Consultancy

Client: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education (journal published by Routledge)
Client: European Research Council
Client: University of Western Australia
Client: University of Western Australia
Client: University of Liverpool Press
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)
   

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


Broadcasts

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.




 
 
 
 

Publications

Books

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; (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 (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) '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) '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) 'Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). American Creoles. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. , pp.19-39 [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 (2011) 'De la condition du migrant à la migrance à l'oeuvre' In: Mary Gallagher (eds). La Migrance à l'oeuvre. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.11-23 [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) '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; (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) '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; (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; (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) ''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; (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; (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 (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]
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; (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; (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) ''Saint-John Perse: Seminal Praise'' In: Sam Haigh (eds). An Introduction to Caribbean Francophone Writing. Oxford: Berg. , pp.17-33 [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; (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]
Phyllis Gaffney & Michael Brophy & Mary Gallagher (Ed.). (2008) Reverberations: Staging Relations in French since 1500. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [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]
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) Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French. New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi. [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 (2014) 'Le défi de la décolonisation: une poétique de la parole proférée'. Presence africaine, 1 (189):325-334. [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'. Small Axe. A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 88 (1-2):205-206. [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) '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: the Manufacture of Literary Identity in the Francophone World'. 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; (2010) 'Review of Richard Watts, Packaging Post/Coloniality'. 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 ; (2008) 'Review of Maeve McCusker, Patrick Chamoiseau: Recovering Memory'. Irish Journal of French Studies, 8 :128-129. [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]
(as Guest Editor) Mary Gallagher); (2008) 'Guest Editor'. Irish Journal of French Studies, 8 . [Details]
Gallagher, M., , ; (2007) 'Review of Saint-John Perse/Alain Bosquet Correspondance: 1942-1975'. French Studies, 61 (3):405-405. [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]
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) ''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; (1999) 'Review of La Francophonie: Mythes et Masques, ed. B. Jones, A. Miguet, P. Corcorcan'. French Studies, LIII (3). [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). [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]
                                                                                           

Research

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. Graduates from French universities who expressed an interest in working with me have been put off by the pricing structure of doctoral studies in Ireland.

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.

One student, having completed a Masters degree in French at UCD registered to do a doctorate under my supervision in 2007. However, after two years of failure to progress due to a combination of precarious economic and personal circumstances, the student was obliged to withdraw.

 
 

Teaching

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 relish the academic detail and depth of their subject.
 

Enhancement of Teaching

My teaching in general and lecturing in particular have been enhanced, not to say revolutionised, by the new audio-viual facilities 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 (scanned abstracts of difficult-to-obtain sources, links to online resources, etc). Student feedback has also been helpful, but I have not found centralised student feedback mechanisms as useful as the feedback that I have always myself collected anonymously from students. In general, students are generous about contributing feedback directly, whereas in centralised online surveys response rates are 25-35% only.

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 respectable 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. But also more specialist final-year courses on Women's Writing or Marcel Proust and an MA course on Migrant Writing (Écriture migrante). I have also taught the latter course solo (in 2012 also), introducing new material regularly (texts by Canadian, Haitian, Tunisian writers such as Nancy Huston, Dany Laferrière or Colette Fellous). Other solo courses 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 steadily accelerating decline in academic standards has been accompanied internationally at all levels of education by a new emphasis on the processes and on the assessment both of learning and of teaching. 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 I am a better teacher since I recognised this fact.

Innovation & Leadership

With respect to teaching, I place my faith in 'perpetual and creative (self)renewal' and in 'collaboration and collegiality'. I believe that the value of teaching 'innovation' is overrated and that 'leadership' in teaching is an oxymoron.

Collaborators

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