Amy Prendergast
Teaching Fellow, English


I studied English and French at NUI Galway where I gained a first class honours degree, as well as receiving a French Government Medal and several NUI prizes. I then went on to complete an MA in Modern Literary Studies at Queen's University Belfast, before receiving a PRTLI Government of Ireland scholarship to complete my PhD here at Trinity. Since then I have been an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Associate at Marsh's Library, before taking up the position of Teaching Fellow at Trinity.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Transnational influence and exchange: the intersections between Irish and French sentimental novels. in, editor(s)Moyra Haslett , Irish Literature in Transition, vol. i, 1700-1780, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, [Amy Prendergast] Book Chapter, 2018

The Diary and Accounts of Élie Bouhéreau , Amy Prendergast and Marie Léoutre, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2018, - Critical Edition (Book), 2018

Amy Prendergast, 'Members of the republick of letters': Maria Edgeworth, literary sociability and intellectual pursuits in the Irish midlands, c. 1780-1820, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 31, 2016, p27 - 44 Journal Article, 2016

Amy Prendergast, Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century , Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2015 Book, 2015

Irish literary salons of the long eighteenth century, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2013, [Amy Prendergast ] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2013

Amy Prendergast, 'The drooping genius of our Isle to raise': the Moira House salon and its role in Gaelic cultural revival, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 26, 2011, p95 - 114 Journal Article, 2011

Enlightenment Ireland's Female Correspondents: Citizenship, Sociability and the Self.' in, editor(s)Kerstin Pahl and Julien Puget , Cité et citoyenneté des Lumières, Paris, Honoré Champion, [Amy Prendergast] Book Chapter,

Research Expertise


My research interests in the long eighteenth century reflect my commitment to interdisciplinarity, and evince a focus on Irish literature; women's writing; literary history and associational life; Franco-Irish literary connections; and life writing. My monograph, Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2015), completed during an IRC fellowship, has been positively reviewed nationally and internationally. I have also written peer-reviewed articles and chapters on authors Frances Sheridan and Maria Edgeworth; on the salon hostess Lady Moira; as well as on eighteenth-century women's correspondence. Other research reflects my interest in the connections between France and Ireland, such as my work on the novelist and playwright Elizabeth Griffith, considering her role as translator and editor, supported by the receipt of a NUIG Moore Institute Fellowship, and the editing of the diary of Élie Bouhéreau, a French Huguenot refugee. In the medium term, I am working on my second monograph, provisionally titled, Women's Diaries in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Narrating Society, Negotiating Selfhood. The value of this work has been recognised by the awarding of a fellowship from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, enabling archival research in America.


Eighteenth-century literature; Literary History


Awards and Honours

American Society Eighteenth-Century Studies, Elias Irish-American Fellowship 2017

Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship (NUIG) 2017

Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Travel Award 2015

Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship 2013

PRTLI Government of Ireland Doctoral Scholarship 2008

Irish Embassy to Britain Bursary for travel to Warwick University 2012

Department for Employment and Learning Studentship (respectfully declined) 2008

French Government Medal and NUI prize for proficiency in French 2007

University Scholar (NUIG) 2005

Dr H. H. Stewart Literary Prize for French 2004

NUI Entrance Scholarship 2003


Committee member of Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society 2014 – Present