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Dr Paul Delaney B.A., M.Litt. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Kent), F.T.C.D.Associate ProfessorHead of Discipline


Research and Teaching Interests

My research and teaching interests centre on twentieth-century and contemporary Irish writing, with special focus on post-independence Irish culture and short fiction.  I am the author of Seán O’Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s (Irish Academic Press, 2014), and co-editor, with Adrian Hunter, of the forthcoming Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).  I have also edited two critical collections on contemporary prose figures, Reading Colm Tóibín (Liffey Press, 2008), and William Trevor: Revaluations, with Michael Parker (Manchester University Press, 2013).

I have written widely on post-independence Irish literary culture, and my current research explores the production and processes of life writing in the Irish Free State.  Recent publications include chapters on early-twentieth-century Irish working-class fiction (A History of Irish Working-Class Writing, ed. Michael Pierse [Cambridge University Press, 2017]), and on mid-twentieth-century Irish literary biographies (The Cambridge History of Irish Literature in Transition, 1940-1980, ed. Eve Patten [Cambridge University Press, in press]).  I have also recently published a bibliographic essay on Seán O’Faoláin criticism (Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield [Oxford University Press, 2016]), and an essay on immigration and contemporary Irish short fiction (Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 42, special issue, ed. Michael Kenneally [in press]).  A full list of my publications can be found at

I received a Provost’s Teaching Award for teaching excellence in 2012; and in 2016 I was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.  I am a member of several research networks and serve on the Editorial Board and the Management Board of the Irish University Review; I am the current Books Editor of this literary journal.

I teach on a number of modules on the undergraduate programme in English, at Fresher and Sophister level, as well as on the MPhil in Irish Writing.  PhD students have completed theses on a range of subjects including: Frank O’Connor; W.B. Yeats and Louis MacNeice; John Banville; working-class Dublin literature; and Irish Traveller autobiography.


Dr Paul Delaney
School of English
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 896 3841

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