B.A., M.A. (University College Dublin); Ph.D. (Maynooth University)
I started my career in English at UCD in 1999, where I completed a BA in English and Philosophy, and continued on to do the MA in Anglo-Irish Writing and Drama. In 2004, I went to Maynooth University to do a PhD on John Banville, where I also worked as an occasional lecturer and tutor at Maynooth. In 2011 I joined Carlow College, St. Patrick’s as a lecturer in English. Here I teach on the BA (Hons) in English and History, the BA (Hons) in Humanities and the BA in Humanities, and am currently the Programme Board Chair for the BA (Hons) in English and History.
Lectures & Interests
I teach courses in modern Irish writing, eighteenth-century British fiction, Gothic fiction, existentialist literature, and postcolonial theory and writing. I have a special interest in modern and contemporary Irish writing and culture, and the intersections between philosophy and literature. In 2013 I published John Banville: Art and Authenticity, and am the co-editor of the forthcoming collection of essays Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2017). I have too many favourite books to list, but re-reading anything by Dostoevsky, Beckett or J.M.G. le Clezio will keep me satisfied, as will the daft brilliance of The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch.
I welcome dissertation proposals in any of my areas of interest, especially in Existentialist literature and Gothic.