Dr Amy Prendergast B.A. (NUIG), M.A. (QUB), Ph.D. (TCD) Teaching Fellow in Eighteenth-Century Writing
Research and Teaching Interests
My research interests in the long eighteenth century reflect my commitment to interdisciplinarity, and centre on considerations of Irish literature; women's writing; literary history; and life writing.
Previous research projects have been generously supported by fellowships from the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy. My monograph, Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2015), examined the important role played by salons in shaping literary culture, while both creating and sustaining transnational intellectual networks.
Several recent projects have engaged with with questions of cultural transfer, translation, and exchange, such as my work on Elizabeth Griffith, supported by the receipt of a NUIG Moore Institute Fellowship, and the editing of the diary of a French Huguenot refugee at Marsh's Library. I have also published on several of Ireland's female writers, such as Frances Sheridan, Maria Edgeworth, and Lady Moira.
In 2019 I co-curated an exhibition (with Dr Brandon Yen) in the Old Library on Ireland and the English Lake Poets. A digital version of the exhibition is available here: https://www.tcd.ie/library/exhibitions/lake-poets/
My current research is based around my second monograph, Women's Diaries in Ireland, 1760-1810: Narrating Society, Negotiating Selfhood. This project offers original perspectives on issues of place and the self within both a local and global framework, and demonstrates how Irish diarists engaged in and set wider literary and cultural trends. A fellowship from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies funded archival research in the United States.
I contribute to several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of English and Oscar Wilde Centre, including offering seminars on literature of the long eighteenth century for the MPhil in Irish Writing, as well as on Single Author: Jonathan Swift.
I coordinate Reading Ireland B for Visiting Students, and lecture on several courses, including Realism and the Novel; The Book; and Cultures of Retelling. My current two Sophister options are Poets, Playwrights, and Prostitutes: Literary Life in Eighteenth-Century Ireland and Cultural Encounters in The Global Eighteenth Century. These modules include a variety of texts across genres, exploring generic interconnections, and reflecting my interests in gender and literary history. Both options place an emphasis on student engagement with primary material, and feature interactive classes in Marsh's Library and Early Printed Books, where transferable skills are acquired.
- Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2015).
- Marie Léoutre, Jane McKee, Jean-Paul Pittion, and Amy Prendergast, eds. The Diary (1689-1719) and Financial Accounts (1704-1717) of Élie Bouhéreau (Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2019).
Peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and reference works:
- 'Transnational influence and exchange: the intersections between Irish and French sentimental novels.' Irish Literature in Transition, vol. i, 1700-1780, ed. Moyra Haslett (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
- '"Open[ing] the flood-gate of literature to her own Sex": Elizabeth Griffith, translation, transmission and cultural transfer.' Women's Writing (2019). Online: https://doi.org/10.1080/09699082.2018.1556420
- 'Enlightenment Ireland's Female Correspondents: Citizenship, Sociability and the Self.' Cité et citoyenneté des Lumières, ed. Kerstin Pahl and Julien Puget (Honoré Champion, forthcoming).
- '"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): 27–44.
- '"The drooping genius of our Isle to raise": the Moira House salon and its role in Gaelic cultural revival.' Eighteenth-Century Ireland 26 (2011): 95–114.
- Five Entries on Anne Burke and Frances Peck in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
- 'Irish literary salons of the long eighteenth century.' The Literary Encyclopedia. 2013.
Dr Amy Prendergast
School of English
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