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Professor Eve Patten B.A. (Oxford), M.Phil. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Dublin), F.T.C.D.Professor; Director, Trinity Long Room Hub

My research covers nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish literary studies, twentieth-century British fiction and cultural history, and the literature of war.  Recent publications related to Irish writing include a monograph, Ireland, Revolution and the English Modernist Imagination (Oxford UP, 2022), and as editor, Irish Literature in Transition, 1940--1980 (Cambridge UP, 2020). Since publishing my first book, Samuel Ferguson and the Culture of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Four Courts, 2004) I have written frequently on civic institutions, reading communities, and the professional middle class in Victorian Dublin. I have also published widely on modern and contemporary Irish fiction, including most recently ‘The Irish Novelist as Critic and Anthologist’, for the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Fiction (2020), and (with Paul Delaney) a co-edited volume of short stories, Dublin Tales, to be published by Oxford UP in 2023.

I am also interested in writing that crosses Irish, British, and European identities in the long twentieth century. My monograph Imperial Refugee: Olivia Manning’s Fictions of War was published in 2011, and in related work I have co-edited Literatures of War (2008), proceedings of the International Lawrence Durrell School of Corfu, and a volume of essays on Irish cultural and literary connections to Central and Eastern Europe, Ireland, West to East (2014).  I am now researching a book on the twentieth-century novelist, political activist and travel writer Ethel Mannin, based on her correspondence with contemporaries including W.B. Yeats, Bertrand Russell, Herbert Read and Emma Goldman.

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My previous roles in the School of English have included Head of School, Head of Discipline, and Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre. I have recently supervised postgraduate and postdoctoral research across several areas, including nineteenth-century print and publishing history; Virginia Woolf; Elizabeth Bowen; Irish literature and the Spanish Civil War; Wyndham Lewis; T.H. White’s literary biography; Northern Irish culture and the Second World War; German/Irish literary connections; suicidal motifs in twentieth-century British fiction; modern Irish poetry and allegory. Past research collaborations include, with Dr Connor Linnie, ‘The Poetics of Print: the Private Press Tradition and Irish Poetry’ and current projects include Ireland’s Border Culture: A Digital Archive, funded by the HEA North-South Shared Island initiative, and, in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, the Publish.OA feasibility study on open access Irish scholarly publishing, funded under the National Open Research Forum.

I am currently Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.


Professor Eve Patten
Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute


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