Paul Delaney
Associate Professor, English


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 a BA and MLitt research degree in English from Trinity College Dublin. In 2005 I was appointed Lecturer in Irish Writing in English.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

'"A system that inflicts suffering upon the many": Early twentieth-century working-class fiction' in, editor(s)Michael Pierse , A History of Irish Working-Class Writing, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp257 - 270, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2017

Paul Delaney, 'Jennifer Johnston: past master', The Irish Times, 29 June, 2017 Review Article, 2017

Paul Delaney, 'Seán O'Faoláin', in Andrew Hadfield (editor). 'Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature', New York, Oxford University Press, 2016, - Bibliography, filmography, etc., 2016

Paul Delaney, 'Irish talent, elegantly showcased', Review of 'All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories', by Deidre Madden, ed. , The Irish Times, Weekend Review, Saturday, 18 July, 2015, p10 Review, 2015

Paul Delaney, 'Opening Windows', Irish Literary Supplement, 33, (2), 2014 Review, 2014

Paul Delaney, Seán O'Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s, Irish Academic Press, 2014, 280pp Book, 2014

'An Almost Untilled Field': Pádraig Mac Gréine, Annie Power and Béaloideas in, editor(s)Anne Markey and Anne O'Connor , Folklore and Modern Irish Writing, Irish Academic Press, 2014, pp48 - 63, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2014

Paul Delaney and Michael Parker, eds, William Trevor: Revaluations, Manchester and New York, Manchester University Press, 2013, 226pp Book, 2013

'"The art of the glimpse": Cheating at Canasta' in, editor(s)Paul Delaney and Michael Parker , William Trevor: Revaluations, Manchester and New York, Manchester University Press, 2013, pp180 - 197, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2013

'Introduction' in, editor(s)Paul Delaney and Michael Parker , William Trevor: Revaluations, Manchester and New York, Manchester University Press, 2013, pp1 - 12, [Paul Delaney and Michael Parker] Book Chapter, 2013

Paul Delaney, 'Tinkers', Irish University Review, 40, (1), 2010, p169 - 172 Review Article, 2010

'Changing Times: Frank O'Connor and Seán O'Faoláin' in, editor(s)Julia M. Wright , A Companion to Irish Literature (2 vols), Vol. 2, Oxford, Blackwell, 2010, pp144 - 158, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2010

'The Desire for Clarity: Seán O'Faoláin's "Lovers of the Lake"' in, editor(s)Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm , A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story, Oxford, Blackwell, 2009, pp448 - 455, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2009

'Introduction' in, editor(s)Paul Delaney , Reading Colm Tóibín, Dublin , Liffey Press, 2008, pp1 - 20, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2008

'Colm Tóibín', Ian Campbell Ross (editor), The Literary Encyclopedia, 2008, [Paul Delaney] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2008 URL

'A discourse on nomadism: Travellers and Irish writing' in, editor(s)Borbála Faragó and Moynagh Sullivan , Facing the Other: Interdisciplinary Studies on Race, Gender and Social Justice in Ireland , Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, pp232 - 243, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2008

Paul Delaney, ed., Reading Colm Tóibín, Dublin, Liffey Press, 2008, 225pp Book, 2008

'Privileged Perspectives and Subverted Types: James Stephens's "The Demi-Gods"' in, editor(s)Ciara Breathnach and Aoife Bhreathnach , Portraying Irish Travellers: Histories and Representations, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2007, pp46 - 64, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2007

'"Fierce passions for middle-aged men": Frank O'Connor and Daniel Corkery' in, editor(s)Hilary Lennon , Frank O'Connor: Critical Essays, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2007, pp53 - 66, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2007

'Representative strategies in Liam O'Flaherty's "The Tent" and "The Stolen Ass"' in, editor(s)Micheál Ó hAodha , The Nomadic Subject: Postcolonial Identities on the Margins, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, pp25 - 35, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2007

Paul Delaney, '"Nobody Now Knows Which ": Transition and Piety in Daniel Corkery's Short Fiction', New Hibernia Review, 10, (1), 2006, p100 - 110 Journal Article, 2006

Paul Delaney, 'Acts of Remembrance: History, Anxiety and Elizabeth Bowen', Études Irlandaises , 31, (1), 2006, p87 - 103 Journal Article, 2006

Paul Delaney, '"A lack of invention": Corkery, criticism and minor fatigue', The Irish Review, 33, 2005, p96 - 109 Journal Article, 2005

Paul Delaney, 'Stories from below: Sean Maher and Nan Joyce' , Studies, 93, (372), 2004, p461 - 472 Journal Article, 2004

Paul Delaney, ed. and introduction to, Daniel Corkery, The Stones and other stories, Cork, Mercier Press, 2003, 207pp Book, 2003

Paul Delaney, ' - but is Ireland ever new? - ', REA: Religion, Education and the Arts, 3, 2003, p22 - 24 Journal Article, 2003

Paul Delaney, 'D.P. Moran and The Leader: Writing an Irish Ireland through Partition' , Éire-Ireland, 38, (3-4), 2003, p189 - 211 Journal Article, 2003

Paul Delaney, '"A marginal footnote": O'Faoláin, the subaltern and the Travellers' , Irish Studies Review, 11, (2), 2003, p155 - 164 Journal Article, 2003

Paul Delaney, 'A sense of place: Travellers, representation and Irish culture' , The Republic, 3, 2003, p79 - 89 Journal Article, 2003

'Becoming National: Daniel Corkery and the reterritorialized subject' in, editor(s)Aaron Kelly and Alan A. Gillis , Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2001, pp41 - 48, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2001

Paul Delaney, 'Representations of the Travellers in the 1880s and 1900s' , Irish Studies Review, 9, (1), 2001, p53 - 68 Journal Article, 2001

'Migrancy and Cultural Disappearance' in, editor(s)P.J. Mathews , New Voices in Irish Criticism, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2000, pp170 - 179, [Paul Delaney] Book Chapter, 2000

Research Expertise


20th-century and contemporary Irish literature, especially post-independence Irish culture and short fiction.


  • Title
    • The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English
  • Summary
    • Commissioned to co-edit a major critical volume on international short fiction for Edinburgh University Press. This volume, 'The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English', is innovative in scope and subject matter, exploring Anglophone literature in a truly international context, with contributions from twenty-eight scholars from across the English-speaking world. The book will be 250,000 words long, and has been planned in collaboration with a fellow short-story specialist, Dr Adrian Hunter (University of Sterling). The collection is due for publication in 2017.
  • Date To
    • 2017


Awards and Honours

Election to Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin 2016

Provost Teaching Award, Trinity College Dublin 2012

British Council Chevening Scholar 1997


Elected to Management Board, Irish University Review 2015 – present

Editorial Board, Irish University Review 2009 – present

Member, ENSFR (European Network for Short Fiction Research)

Member, IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures)