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Dr David O'Shaughnessy B.A. (Dublin), M.A. (N.U.I.), D.Phil (Oxon)Associate Professor; Director of Research

Research and Teaching Interests

(Dr David O'Shaughnessy is on research leave until Autumn 2019.)

David studied English and French at TCD before completing an MA in Culture and Colonialism at NUI, Galway. He subsequently wrote his DPhil thesis on the theatre of William Godwin at the University of Oxford in 2007. After completing his doctorate, he was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, University of Oxford where he co-edited the diary of William Godwin which was awarded the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Digital Prize for 2012. He also published William Godwin and the Theatre (2010) and a complementary edition of Godwin's plays from manuscripts held at the Huntington Library in California and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the latter facilitated by a Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr Research Grant awarded by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

David then took up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick where he organized a conference on the London Irish in the eighteenth-century. From the conference emerged a special issue of the journal Eighteenth-Century Life titled Networks of Aspiration: the London Irish of the Eighteenth Century (2015) which he edited.

On moving to Dublin, David was awarded a Marie Curie Career Integration grant  (2013-17) for a project on 'The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843.' This project is bringing together manuscripts held at the Huntington Library and the British Library in an online resource that will allow scholars map theatre censorship across the period. In a related project, he is also currently writing a book about Irish playwrights who worked in London in the eighteenth century such as Charles Macklin, John O'Keeffe, and Dennis O'Bryen. This book will consider the scope of those playwrights, political ambition and what their plays might be able to tell us about the Irish diasporic experience in eighteenth-century London.

He is also editing, with Michael Griffin, The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith for Cambridge University Press. He is the special subject editor for theatre on the forthcoming 20-25 volume edition of the diary of Henry Crabb Robinson, the Romantic and Victorian man of letters, to be published by Oxford University Press (2017-27) and an advisory editor for a new edition of The Prose Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, also to be published by Oxford.

David has a particular interest in Irish writers in London in the eighteenth century but is also interested in British radicalism of the 1790s, Romantic period theatre (and eighteenth-century theatre more widely), the Jacobin novel, clubs and societies in the eighteenth century, and eighteenth-century Dissenting culture. He welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students in any of these areas.

David teaches on the 'Enlightenment,' 'Romanticism,' and 'Realism and the Novel' freshman courses and offers sophister options related to eighteenth-century literary culture. He also teaches seminars on the eighteenth century for the MPhil in Irish Writing.


Room 5090
Dr David O'Shaughnessy
School of English
Arts Building
Trinity College Room
Dublin 2

Telephone: (+353 1 8964721)
Office Hours: Wednesday 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. or by appointment.

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