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Dr Eoghan Smith


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Research Expertise

My areas of research are broadly in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish literature (particularly fiction) and culture. My specific current research interests lie in modern and contemporary fiction, Irish literature and culture during the Celtic Tiger, the literary and visual cultures of contemporary Ireland, and philosophy and Irish writing. I have ongoing research interests in the work of John Banville, Samuel Beckett and Claire Keegan.

My current research is focused on Irish fiction from 2008 to the present, with a particular interest in responses (or otherwise) to post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. I have an interest in the relationship between the artistic, cultural, institutional and economic dynamics of Irish literary culture in recent years.



The Failing Heart (Sawtry: Dedalus: 2018)


Sole-authored monograph

John Banville: Art and Authenticity (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014).


Edited Collections

Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


Peer-reviewed articles

‘Autonomy, Naturalism and Folklore in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields’, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 40.2 (Spring 2019), pp. 192-207.

‘Elemental and Plain’: Story-telling in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields’, Journal of the Short Story in English, 63 (Autumn 2014), pp. 57-68.

‘‘An Infinity of Pragues’: John Banville’s Prague Pictures’, European Journal of English Studies, 17/2 (Summer 2013), pp. 149-159.

‘Yeats, Beckett, Banville: Philosophical Idealism and Political Ideology in Modern Irish Writing’, ABEI Journal, 13 (São Paulo: ABEI/Humanitas 2011), pp. 71-82.


Book chapters

‘Revivalism, modernism and beyond: Scandinavian influences on Irish literature’, Ireland and the North, ed. by Fionna Barber, Heidi Hansson and Sara Dybris McQuaid (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019), pp. 267-284.

‘John Banville in the Celtic Tiger Years’, Recalling the Celtic Tiger, ed. By Brian Lucey, Eamon Maher, and Eugene O’Brien(Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019).

‘Suburban Literature’, Recalling the Celtic Tiger, ed. By Brian Lucey, Eamon Maher, and Eugene O’Brien (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019).

‘Introduction’ (with Simon Workman), Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 1-7.

‘Suburbia in Irish Literary and Visual Culture’ (with Simon Workman), Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 77-95.

‘After Joyce and Beckett: Art, Authenticity and Politics in the Fiction of John Banville’, The Politics of Irish Writing, ed. by Radvan Markus, Michaela Marková, Hana Pavelková and Katerina Jencová (Prague: Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, 2010), pp. 36-45


Book reviews

‘Hedda Friberg, Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard’, Nordic Irish Studies (forthcoming)

‘Fionntán de Brún, Revivalism and Modern Irish Literature: The Anxiety of Transmission and the Dynamics of Renewal’, Nordic Irish Studies (forthcoming)

‘Hedda Friberg, Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard; ‘Pietra Palazzolo, Michael Springer and Stephen Butler, eds, John Banville and his Precursors; Neil Murphy, John Banville’, Irish University Review (forthcoming)

‘John Banville, The Secret Guests’, The Ticket, The Irish Times (Feb 8 2020).

‘Chris Arthur, Hummingbirds Between the Pages’, Irish Studies Review, 28.1 (January 2020), pp. 149-151.

Reading Pearse Hutchinson, ed. by Philip Coleman and Maria Johnston (Irish Academic Press, 2011)’, ESSE Messenger, 28.1 (Summer 2019), pp. 108-112.

‘Giulia Bruna, J.M. Synge and Travel Writing of the Irish Revival (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2017)’, Nordic Irish Studies, 17.2 (2019), pp. 205-211.

George Moore: Across Borders, ed. by Christine Huguet and Fabienne Dabrigeon-Garcier, ESSE Messenger, 27.2 (Winter 2018), pp. 30-34.

‘Caoimhín de Barra, The Coming of the Celts, AD 1860: Celtic Nationalism in Ireland and Wales (Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2018)’, Books Ireland 381 (September/October 2018), pp. 39-40.

Reading 1759: Literary Culture in Mid-Eighteenth Century Britain and France, ed. by Shaun Regan’, ESSE Messenger, 27.1 (Summer 2018), pp. 76-79.

‘David Tucker, Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx’, ESSE Messenger, 26.2 (Winter 2017), pp. 68-69.

‘Framed on the Threshold: Jo Baker, A Country Road, A Tree’, Breac (August 17, 2017).

Cian T. McMahon, The Global Dimensions of Irish Identity: Race, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840-1880’, Nordic Irish Studies, 15.2 (2016), pp. 154-158.

Irish Theatre in Transition, ed. by Donald E. Morse’, Nordic Irish Studies, 14 (Autumn 2015), pp. 153-158.

Word and Image in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, ed. by Michael  Meyer’, ESSE Messenger, 23.1 (Summer 2014),pp.  82-84.

‘Andrew Tate, Contemporary Fiction and Christianity’, ESSE Messenger, 21.2 (Winter 2012), pp. 73-75.

‘Standing by its own Worth: Amory’s The Life of John Buncle’, (November 2011).

At Swim-Two-Birds at the Project Arts Centre’, (February 2011).

‘Brian McFarlane and Deane Williams, Michael Winterbottom; Tony Whitehead, Mike Leigh; Peter Marks, Terry Gilliam’, Film and Film Culture, 5 (April 2010), pp. 219-223.

I am a member of the following organisations:

International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)

Nordic Irish Studies Network (NISN)

National Association English Studies (NAES)

European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)


I have acted as a peer-reviewer for the following publications:

ABEI Journal

Études Irlandaises

Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas

Papers on Language and Literature

Breac Journal of Irish Studies

Irish Studies Review

Conference papers

2014: ‘Opening address: Imagining Irish Suburbia.’ Encircling Worlds: Imagining Irish Suburbia Conference, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art.

2013: ‘‘An Example to Us All’: Beckett, Philosophy and Irish Writing.’ Beckett and State of Ireland Conference, UCD.

2013: ‘Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: Modernism, Naturalism and Modernization.’ Research Colloquium, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, Carlow.

2012: ‘‘Small Things, Short Things’: Mystical Naturalism in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields.’ The Irish Short Story Conference, KU Leuven, Belgium.

2012: ‘Irish Studies, Philosophy and Modern Irish Writing.’ Irish Philosophical Society Conference, Maynooth University.

2010: ‘Philosophical Idealism in Modern Irish Literature.’ IASIL Conference, Maynooth University.

2009: ‘Art, Identity and Politics in Beckett and Banville.’ Politics of Irish Writing Conference, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

2009: ‘John Banville: Prague Pictures.’ Europe in Popular Literature, National Association of English Studies Conference, IADT, Dún Laoghaire.

2007: ‘Failing Better: Beckettian Identities and the Conditions of Violence in John Banville’s ‘Art     Trilogy.’’ IASIL Conference, UCD.

2007: ‘Banville, Beckett and Heidegger.’ Postgraduate Symposium, Maynooth University.

2005: ‘Responses to Violence in Yeats and Banville.’ Postgraduate Symposium, Maynooth University


Conference organisation

2016: ‘Conflict, Migration and Identity: Global and Transnational Perspectives’, TCD, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUALCentre for Contemporary Art, Carlow (Co-organiser).

2016: ‘Modernism and Technology Seminar’, ESSE conference, NUI Galway (Co-organiser).

2014: ‘Encircling Worlds: Imagining Irish Suburbia’, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow (Co-organiser).


Newspaper Articles

‘The Global Reach of John Banville’s Imagination’, The Irish Times (November 24, 2016).

It’s that Man again: John Banville’s The Blue Guitar’, Dublin Review of Books (September 2015).           

‘Imagining the Others: John Banville’s Book of Evidence’, Dublin Review of Books (October 2013).

‘Haunted by Ghosts: Joseph O’Connor’s Ghostlight’, Dublin Review of Books (October 2010).

‘The Melancholy Gods: Banville on Olympus’, Dublin Review of Books (March 2010).

‘Peter Killeen, Jakata Tales’, Exhibition Catalogue (Dublin: Solomon Gallery, 2017), pp. 3-9.


Media interactions

2014: ‘Imagining Irish Suburbia’, KCLR (Radio), September 2014.


Other research relevant outputs

2015: ‘Censorship and Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century’, Public Lecture, National Print        Museum, Dublin.

2014: ‘John Banville: Art and Authenticity’, Public Lecture, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, Carlow.

2013: ‘Beckett Explained’, Carlow County Library, Carlow.


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