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Dr Paul Delaney B.A., M.Litt. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Kent)Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests

I joined the School of English in 2001, having completed my PhD as a Chevening scholar in the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research at the University of Kent (Canterbury); prior to this, I received BA and MLitt research degrees in English from Trinity College Dublin. In 2005, I was appointed Lecturer in Irish Writing in English. My primary research and teaching interests lie in the area of twentieth-century and contemporary Irish literature, with special focus on post-independence Irish culture and short fiction.

In 2014 my monograph Seán O'Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s (Irish Academic Press) was published. This evolves out of a long-standing engagement with Irish culture in the 1920s and 1930s, and is the first full-length study of O'Faoláin's work in over a decade. This book has been extensively reviewed and has generated detailed praise in such journals as the TLS, Dublin Review of Books, Irish University Review and the Irish Times. My interest in post-independence Irish culture has also resulted in chapters and essays on O'Faoláin, Frank O'Connor, Elizabeth Bowen and Daniel Corkery, amongst others. This in turn has fed into my next major long-term research project, on the uses of biography and memoir as literary forms in the Irish Free State. 

I have also edited two critical collections on contemporary prose figures: Reading Colm Tóibín (Liffey Press, 2008), and William Trevor: Revaluations, with Michael Parker (Manchester University Press, 2013). I have written several essays on short-story writers and have been commissioned to co-edit a major collection of essays on short fiction for Edinburgh University Press with Adrian Hunter (University of Sterling). This collection, The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English, promises to be a significant contribution to the field of short-story criticism, and is uniquely international in scope and subject matter, featuring contributions from thirty scholars from across the English-speaking world; it is due for publication in 2016.

An additional research interest is cultural representations of and by Irish Travellers. I have written widely in this area, and my most recent work includes an essay on the collaborative stories of Annie 'Oney' Power and Pádraig Mac Gréine for Béaloideas in the early 1930s; this essay is published in Anne Markey and Anne O'Connor's collection Folklore and Modern Irish Writing (Irish Academic Press, 2014). Other current projects include a chapter on Irish working-class prose for Michael Pierse's forthcoming volume, A Cambridge History of Irish Working-Class Writing (Cambridge University Press).

A full list of my publications can be found here. I am a member of several research organizations, including IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures) and ENSFR (European Network for Short Fiction Research). I also serve on the editorial board of the Irish University Review and was appointed to the Management Board of this prestigious journal in the summer of 2015.

In 2012, I was awarded a Provost's Teaching Award for teaching excellence. I am also a College Tutor, and have served in this pastoral role in College since 2006.

I teach on a number of modules on the undergraduate programme in English, at Freshman and Sophister level, as well as on the MPhil in Irish Writing, the MPhil in Literatures of the Americas, and the Irish Studies programme. Recent PhD students have completed theses in the following areas: Frank O'Connor; W.B. Yeats and Louis MacNeice; narcissism and John Banville; working-class Dublin literature; and Irish Traveller autobiography.


Professor Paul Delaney
Room 4025
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 8963841

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