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The School of English has an exceptionally strong research record, and was described in a recent external review as ‘research intensive’. Members of the teaching staff publish regularly in all areas of current teaching and research activity and there are currently strengths in medieval and early modern, eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century literature, as well as contemporary writing, popular literature, Gothic, American and postcolonial literature. Irish writing in English, 1590-present is an area of particular strength. Members of the School are also active as distinguished creative writers of poetry and fiction.

Members of the School of English are general editors of important publishing ventures. Professor John Scattergood is editor of the Dublin Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature series (Dublin: Four Courts), which has published five titles to date. Professor Ian Campbell Ross is General Editor of The Literature of Early Modern Ireland series (Dublin: Four Courts Press), which has published six titles to date, with others in preparation. Professor Ian Campbell Ross and Dr Aileen Douglas, along with Dr Moyra Haslett of the School of English, Queen's University Belfast, are joint general editors of the Early Irish Fiction, c. 1660 - c. 1820 series (Dublin: Four Courts Press), which has published five titles to date, with further titles in preparation.



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Among recent books published by members of the School are:

  • Gerald Dawe, editor, ‘Earth Voices Whispering’: an anthology of Irish War Poetry 1914-1945. Belfast: Blackstaff, 2008.
  • __________Points West: Poems 2003-2008. Oldcastle: Gallery Press, 2008.
  • _________ Catching the Light: Views and Interviews. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare: Salmon, 2008.
  • _________and Maria Johnston, editors., Stewart Parker’s ‘High Pop’: The Irish Times Column 1970-1976. Belfast: Lagan Press, 2008.
  • Paul Delaney, editor, Colm Tóibin: A Collection of Critical Essays Dublin: Liffey Press, 2008.
  • Aileen Douglas, editor, Sarah Butler, Irish Tales. Dublin Four Courts Press, 2010. [with Ian Campbell Ross and Anne Markey]
  • Nicholas Grene, Yeats’s Poetic Codes. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Crawford Gribben, Writing the Rapture: Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America. New York. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • ________ and David George Mullan, editors, Literature and the Scottish Reformation. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009.
  • Heather Ingman, A History of the Irish Short Story. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Edwina Keown and Carol Taaffe, eds, Irish Modernism: Origins, Contexts, Publics. Bern: Peter Lang, 2009.
  • Jarlath Killeen, Gothic Literature 1825-1914. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009.
  • Deirdre Madden, Molly Fox’s Birthday. London: Faber and Faber, 2008.
  • Anne Markey, editor, [Anon] Vertue Rewarded; or, The Irish Princess. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010. [with Ian Campbell Ross]
  • ________ editor, Sarah Butler, Irish Tales. Dublin Four Courts Press, 2010. [with Ian Campbell Ross and Aileen Douglas].
  • Anne Markey. editor, Patrick Pearse: Short Stories, trans. Joseph Campbell. Dublin, UCD Press, 2009.
  • McDonnell, Jenny, Katherine Mansfield and the Modern Marketplace: At the Mercy of the Public. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Bernice M. Murphy, The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, The Sun-fish, Oldcastle, Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2009 and Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest U.P., 2010.
  • _________Translation and Censorship, Dublin, Four Courts, 2009, [with Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin and David Parris] 
  • __________Selected Poems. London: Faber and Faber and Oldcastle: Gallery Press, 2008.
  • Melanie Otto, The Creole Experiment: Utopian Space in Kamau Brathwaite’s ‘Video-Style’ Works. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2009.
  • Eve Patten and Richard Pine, editors, Literatures of War. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.
  • Ian Campbell Ross, editor [Anon] Vertue Rewarded; or, The Irish Princess. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010. [with Anne Markey]
  • ________editor, Sarah Butler, Irish Tales. Dublin Four Courts Press, 2010. [with Aileen Douglas and Anne Markey].
  • Ian Campbell Ross, editor, Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

The School is home to the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, edited by Bernice Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy, which can be found at:

and members of the School variously edit, or serve on the editorial advisory boards of other journals, including Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Irish University Review, and Irish Journal of American Studies/IJAS Online at:

School members have also contributed essays to many edited volumes in the past three years, as well as publishing articles in internationally recognized journals.

Last updated 24 November 2015 School of English (Email).