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Dr Brendan O'Connell B.A. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Dublin)Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning


Research and Teaching Interests

My teaching focuses primarily on Middle English literature, with a particular emphasis on the poets of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. I am the module co-ordinator for Fresher modules The Gods in Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Romance, and I also contribute to Fables and Beginnings of English Poetry. At Sophister level, I currently offer the options on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Surviving Trauma in Medieval Literature; I also teach across a number of taught postgraduate modules in the field of medieval studies.

My research interests, which are aligned with the Long Room Hub’s research themes on ‘Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures’ and ‘Identities in Transformation’, focus primarily on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, as well as the early modern reception and transmission of his works. I am also currently working on projects relating to beast literature in the late medieval and early modern period, as well the representation of space in late medieval literature. I am interested in supervising research (at undergraduate or postgraduate level) on any aspect of Middle English literature, or its reception in the early modern period.

In addition to my teaching and administrative roles within the School of English, I am a College Tutor.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


  • Transmission and Generation in Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Honour of John Scattergood, eds. Brendan O’Connell and Karen Hodder (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012) 


  • ‘Chaucer’s “Beast Group” and Mother Hubberds Tale.’ In Rereading Chaucer and Spenser: Dan Geffrey with the New Poete, ed. Rachel Stenner, Tamsin Badcoe and Gareth Griffith (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming May 2019).

  •  ‘Putting the Plowman in His Place: Order and Genre in the Early Modern Canterbury Tales.’ Chaucer Review 53.4 (2018): 428-448.

  •  ‘The Erkenwald-poet.’ In Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic, ed. Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy (North Carolina: McFarland, forthcoming). 

  • ‘Geoffrey Chaucer.’ In Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (September 2016).

  • ‘“Struglyng Wel and Myghtily”: Resisting Rape in the Man of Law's Tale.’ Medium Ævum 84.1 (2015): 16-39.

  • ‘Chaucer’s Counterfeit Exempla.’ In Chaucer's Poetry: Words, Authority and Ethics, ed. Clíodhna Carney and Frances McCormack (Dublin: Four Courts, 2013), pp. 134-45.

  • ‘The Poetics of Fraud: Jean de Meun, Dante and Chaucer.’ In Chaucer in Context: A Golden Age of English Poetry, ed. Gerald Morgan (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012), pp. 261-78.

  • ‘Culture and Dispute in Dialogus de Scaccario.’ In Transmission and Generation in Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Honour of John Scattergood, ed. Brendan O’Connell and Karen Hodder (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012), pp. 52-64.

  • ‘“Ignotum per ignocius”: Alchemy, Analogy and Poetics in Fragment VIII of The Canterbury Tales’. In Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages: Texts and Contexts, ed. Kathy Cawsey and Jason Harris (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), pp. 131-56.

  • ‘Adam Scriveyn and the Falsifiers of Dante’s Inferno: A New Interpretation of Chaucer’s Wordes.’ Chaucer Review 40.1 (2005): 39-56.



Dr Brendan O'Connell
School of English
Trinity College
University of Dublin
Dublin 2

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