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Dr. Rosie Lavan B.A. (Oxon), M.A. (London), M.St (Oxon), D.Phil (Oxon)Assistant Professor of Irish Studies

Rosie Lavan

After reading English at St Anne's College, Oxford, I trained as a journalist at City University, London. I worked on the business desk at The Times for two years, as a media assistant to a London MEP during the European elections in 2009, and for House of Lords Hansard. I returned to Oxford for postgraduate study in 2010 and completed my doctorate, 'Seamus Heaney and Society, 1964-1994,' in 2014. I held stipendiary lectureships in English at St Hugh's and St Anne's Colleges in 2014-15, before joining the School of English at TCD in September 2015.

Research and Teaching Interests

My doctoral thesis, which I am currently revising for publication, seeks to resituate Seamus Heaney's work in its varied textual, cultural, institutional, and political contexts. It pays close attention to his early journalism and work for radio and television, and to his key institutional affiliations in publishing, broadcasting, and education, in Ireland, Britain, and the US.

My current research project, 'Representing Derry, 1968-2013,' examines representations of the city of Derry in poetry, drama, life-writing, journalism, and photography during the forty-five years which run from the civil rights era to Derry's year as a UK Capital of Culture in 2013. Through its comparative and interdisciplinary framework, it seeks to explore how experiences of conflict, and its aftermaths and legacies, are represented and reimagined, within and beyond Irish Studies.

In addition to twentieth-century Irish literature and culture, my research interests include literature and the media; comparative approaches to literature and the visual arts, especially photography; life-writing; poetic form; and textual criticism.

For the Moderatorship in Irish Studies, I teach the courses 'Theorising Ireland and Nineteenth-Century Irish Writing,' and contribute to the interdisciplinary 'Imagining Ireland' modules. In the School of English, I teach undergraduate courses on modern and contemporary Irish writing, and contribute to the MPhil in Irish Writing in the Oscar Wilde Centre.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • 'Image, Text and Conflict: Approaching the Border in Willie Doherty's Work,' in Nicola Gardini, Adriana Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Mohamed-Salah Omri and Matthew Reynolds (eds.), Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy (Leeds: Legenda, 2016): forthcoming.

  • ‘The World of Sense in In Parenthesis’ in Jamie Callison, Paul Fiddes, Anna Johnson and Erik Tonning eds., David Jones: A Christian Modernist? (Leiden: Brill, 2016: forthcoming)

  • 'Screening Belfast: Heaney in Limboland and the Language of Belonging,' Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 21:2 (2015).

  • Review of Poetry, by David Constantine, Notes and Queries, 62:4 (2015)

  • Explorations: Seamus Heaney and Education’, The Irish Review,49-50 (Winter-Spring 2015), pp.54 – 70. Related podcast here.

  • Review of The Poor Bugger's Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History, by Patrick R. Mullen, Notes & Queries, 62: 1 (2015), pp. 175-77.


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