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Dr Paul Delaney B.A., M.Litt. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Kent), F.T.C.D.Associate Professor; Director of Postgraduate Professional Development



Research and Teaching Interests

My research centres on twentieth-century and contemporary Irish writing, with special focus on post-independence Irish culture and short fiction.  

I am currently writing a monograph on contemporary Irish short fiction for Routledge. I am also co-editing an anthology of short stories, Dublin Tales, with Eve Patten for Oxford University Press; this anthology has been commissioned as part of OUP’s City Tales series.

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 Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English (Edinburgh University Press, 2019). Other books include the edited collections Reading Colm Tóibín (Liffey Press, 2008), and William Trevor: Revaluations, with Michael Parker (Manchester University Press, 2013).

I have written widely on Irish literary culture, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, bibliographies, and critical collections. This includes chapters and essays on a variety of topics such as Irish short fiction, post-independence literary culture, Irish working-class fiction, literary biography, and representations of and by the Traveller community. A full list of my publications can be found at

I am a member of several research networks and I serve on the Editorial Board and the Management Board of the peer-reviewed Irish University Review. I am the current Books Editor of this literary journal.

In 2016 I was elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. 

Teaching and Supervision

I received a Provost’s Teaching Award for teaching excellence in 2012.

I teach on a number of modules on the undergraduate programme in English, at Fresher and at Sophister level, as well as on the MPhil in Irish Writing. 

I have supervised PhD students to completion on a range of topics, including post-independence literary culture, Irish working-class literature, contemporary fiction, Travellers and music, and mid-twentieth-century Irish intellectual history. I have also mentored two postdoctoral projects. I am currently supervising several PhD students as well as co-supervising a student on the PhD in Literary Practice.


Dr Paul Delaney
School of English
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 896 3841

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