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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 have written widely on literature of the post-independence period, and a current major project explores the production and practice of life writing in the Irish Free State.

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 I 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.  I have supervised six PhD students to completion and I have also mentored two postdoctoral projects.  I am currently supervising several PhD students in English and co-supervising a student on the PhD in Literary Practice.

I have been a College Tutor since 2006.



  • Seán O’Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s (Irish Academic Press, 2014), 280pp

Edited Books

  • The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English, with Adrian Hunter (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), 388pp

  • William Trevor: Revaluations, with Michael Parker (Manchester University Press, 2013), 226pp

  • Reading Colm Tóibín (Liffey Press, 2008), 223pp

Recent Essays/Chapters

*** A full list of my publications can be found at

  • ‘Literary biography in transition’, in Eve Patten, ed. Irish Literature in Transition, 1940-1980, volume 5 of the six-volume The Cambridge History of Irish Literature in Transition, general editors Claire Connolly and Marjorie Howes (Cambridge University Press, 2020), in press

  • ‘“I wanted them not to be lost”: Immigration and Irish short fiction’, guest editor Michael Kenneally, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 42 (2019), in press

  • ‘“A system that inflicts suffering upon the many”: Early twentieth-century working-class fiction’, in Michael Pierse, ed. A History of Irish Working-Class Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 257-70

  • ‘Jennifer Johnston: past master’, The Irish Times (29 June 2017)

  • ‘Sean O’Faoláin’, in Andrew Hadfield, ed. Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (Oxford University Press, 2016),

  • ‘“An almost untilled field”: Pádraig Mac Gréine, Annie Power and Béaloideas’, in Anne Markey and Anne O’Connor, eds. Folklore and Modern Irish Writing (Irish Academic Press, 2014), 48-63


Dr Paul Delaney
School of English
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 896 3841

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