Caitriona Leahy
Assistant Professor, German

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Anselm Kiefer's Signature in, editor(s)Bernadette Cronin, Rachel MagShamhráin, Nikolai Preuschoff , Adaptation as a Collaborative Art: Process and Practice, Hampshire, Palgrave, 2017, [Caitriona Leahy] Book Chapter, 2017

Caitriona Leahy, The Gravity and Levity of Isabel Nolan, Probe: Research Night 2017, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, 29.9, 2017, Douglas Hyde Gallery Invited Talk, 2017

Caitriona Leahy, The circulation of knowledge in a postcolonial framework, Review of Pidgin-Knowledge. Wissen und Kolonialismus, by Harald Fischer-Tine , Transfer. Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. Special Issue: Travel WRiting and Knowledge Transfer, Vol 7/1, 2017 Review, 2017

Disturbing Anselm Kiefer in, editor(s)Mary Fulbrook, Stephanie Bird, Julia Wagner, Christiane Wienand , Reverberations of Nazi Violence in Germany and beyond. Disturbing Pasts. , London, Bloomsbury Press, 2016, pp181 - 196, [Caitriona Leahy] Book Chapter, 2016

Caitriona Leahy, Examining Kleist's Marionettentheater, Aesthetics and Embodiment, Newman House, Dublin 2., 2016, Prof. Maeve Cooke Invited Talk, 2016

Caitriona Leahy, Saving the Present. Anselm Kiefer as self-archivist, Edinburgh German Yearbook , (9), 2015, p65 - 83 Journal Article, 2015

Caitriona Leahy, 'Trauma', Trauma. Built to break, Trinity College Dublin, 2015, - Exhibition, 2015 URL

Caitriona Leahy, On Difficulty, Beyond Crisis. Visions for the New Humanities, University of Durham, 7-8 July 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Caitriona Leahy, German Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, 14-15 November 2014, 2014, The Long Room Hub, TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2014

Caitriona Leahy, Review of Nelly Sachs. The Poetics of Silence and the Limits of Interpretation, by Elaine Martin , Germanistik In Irland, 7, 2012 Review, 2012

Caitriona Leahy, The Question of the Contemporary in the Work of Christoph Ransmayr 2000-2010, Austrian Studies, 19, 2011, p200 - 215 Journal Article, 2011

Ingeborg Bachmann: Biographische Porträts in, editor(s)Wilhelm Hemecker, Manfred Mitterrmayer , Mythos Bachmann. Zwischen Inszenierung und Selbstinszenierung, Vienna, Zsolnay, 2011, pp17 - 36, [Caitríona Leahy] Book Chapter, 2011

Caitriona Leahy, The Monument as Archive: Anselm Kiefer, T.S. Eliot, Christian Boltanski, British Comparative Literature Association Conference XII: Archive, University of Kent at Canterbury, 5 - 8 July 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Caitriona Leahy, Comparative LIterature Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, November 2009, 2009, TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2009

Caitriona Leahy, Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Conference: Cultural Exchange, 13-14 November 2009, 2009, RIA / TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2009

Caitriona Leahy, '"These fragments I have shored against my ruins" or "looking at devastation while nicely dressed": Anselm Kiefer's Monuments to Culture', The Aesthetics of Trash. Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, University College Dublin, 4 - 6 September 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Introduction in, editor(s)Gilbert J. Carr and Caitríona Leahy , Fünfzig Jahre Staatsvertrag: Schreiben, Identität und das unabhängige Österreich/ The State Treaty Fifty Years on: Writing, Identity and Austrian Independence. , Munich, 2008, pp1 - 27, [Caitríona Leahy and Gilbert Carr] Book Chapter, 2008

Gilbert J. Carr and Caitríona Leahy, Fünfzig Jahre Staatsvertrag: Schreiben, Identität und das unabhängige Österreich. The State Treaty Fifty Years on: Writing, Identity and Austrian Independence. Internationales Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin, 25.-26. November 2005., Munich, iudicium, 2008, 1 - 174pp Book, 2008

Caitríona Leahy, (Un)precedented texts: what goes and comes before the law, Figures of Law, Gert Hofmann , Francke Verlag, 2007, pp133 - 146 Conference Paper, 2007

Caitríona Leahy, 'Der wahre Historiker'. Ingeborg Bachmann and the Problem of Witnessing History, Würzburg, Königshausen und Neumann, 2007, 236pp Book, 2007

Caitríona Leahy, Bachmann's burning Question. Or: Reading 'Rauchende Worte', Re-acting to Ingeborg Bachmann. New Essays and Performances (with 2 CDs), edited by Caitríona Leahy, Bernadette Cronin , Königshausen und Neumann, 2006, pp111 - 120 Conference Paper, 2006

"Ingeborg Bachmann", Francisca de Haan, Krassimira Daskalova, Biographical Dictionary of Central and Eastern European Feminisms, Budapest, CEU Press, 2006, pp44 - 47, [Caitriona Leahy] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2006

Caitríona Leahy, Bernadette Cronin, Re-acting to Ingeborg Bachmann. New Essays and Performances (with 2 CDs), Würzburg, Königshausen und Neumann, 2006, 111 - 120pp Book, 2006

Caitriona Leahy and Gilbert Carr, The Austrian State Treaty fifty years on: Writing, Identity and Austrian Independence, 25-26 November 2005, 2005, TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2005

On War and Peace. Bachmann and Beate in Cork in, editor(s)Gert Hofmann, Andreas Stuhlmann , Language - Text - Bildung. Essays in Honour of Beate Dreike, London, Peter Lang, 2005, pp113 - 127, [Caitríona Leahy] Book Chapter, 2005

Caitriona Leahy, Caitríona Leahy, 'Back to the Future: Remembered Things and the Immemorial in Agamben, Zizek and Lyotard' , The Future of Memory, University of Manchester , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Bataille and Kafka. Or: Formless takes Shape in, editor(s)Paul Hegarty, Patrick Crowley , Formless. Ways in and Out of Form, London, Peter Lang, 2005, pp113 - 124, [Caitríona Leahy] Book Chapter, 2005

Caitriona Leahy, Benjamin, Agamben and the Contested Task of Literature, Memory Contests. Cultural Memory, Hybridity and Identity in German Discourse since 1990, University College Dublin, June 2004, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Caitriona Leahy, Ingeborg Bachmann: Writing against War, Opening of Exhibition, University College Cork, 2004 Invited Talk, 2004

Caitriona Leahy and Bernadette Cronin, Ingeborg Bachmann, May 2004, 2004, TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2004

Caitríona Leahy, Die Be-gründung des Netzwerkes. Bachmann erkundet den Heideggerschen Grund, Netzwerke. Eine Kulturtechnik der Moderne, edited by Jürgen Barkhoff, Hartmut Böhme, Jeanne Riou , Böhlau Verlag, 2004, pp297 - 308 Conference Paper, 2004

Caitriona Leahy, Bearing Witness to VIolence, Identity, Culture and Violence, University of St Andrew's, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Caitriona Leahy, Bearing Witness: Postmodern Narrative and Barbaric History in Christoph Ransmayr's The Last World, Cultural Trauma and National Identity, Dublin City University, 28 - 29 April 2000, 2000 Conference Paper, 2000

Caitriona Leahy, Narrative and Death, Conferencce of University Teachers of German , University of Southampton, 2000 Conference Paper, 2000

Caitriona Leahy, Apocalypse as Fiction: Christoph Ransmayr, Apocalypse, University College Cork, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999

Caitríona Leahy, 'In the beginning was the post...' Modern Writers/Postmodern Readers, Schwellen. Germanistische erkundungen einer Metapher, edited by Nicholas Saul et al , Königshausen und Neumann, 1999, pp236 - 249 Conference Paper, 1999

Caitríona Leahy, Reisen in einem Zimmer. Oder: die Wände hochgehen, Reisen im Diskurs. Modelle der literarischen Fremderfahrung von den Pigerberichten bis zur Postmoderne, edited by Anne Fuchs, Theo Harden , Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1995, pp87 - 101 Conference Paper, 1995

Caitriona Leahy, Marcel Illetschko, Mapping Christoph Ransmayr, 16-18 June 2016, In:Mapping Christoph Ransmayr, Trinity Long Room Hub, Caitriona Leahy, Marcel Illetschko Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Caitriona Leahy, Foreword To: Anna Nunan, Autobiographical Progression in the writings of Christa Wolf, 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Research Expertise


My research and teaching interests lie mostly in the area of cultural theory and its interaction with and illumination of modern and contemporary literature, and more recently, visual art.


Criticism; Culture; German Language/Literature; Inter-Arts--Interdisciplinary Art Forms; Language and/or Literature, Comparative Liter; Language and/or Literature, Modern; Literary Criticism; Literary History; Literary theory; Modern Art; Modern German and Austrian literature; Modernism, postmodernism; Philosophical Literature; Philosophy; Post war German literature



Committee member of Association of Third-level German Teachers in Ireland committee.

Member of Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Committee

Awards and Honours

Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2014

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Sabbatical

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships (3)

Máire Colum Award, UCD

Archbishop Walshe Memorial Award, UCD

Class Prizes French, English, UCD


Conference of University Teachers of German in Great Britain and Ireland 1995

Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland 1998

Comparative Literature Association of Ireland 2007