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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

I joined the School of English in 2001, having completed my PhD as a Chevening Scholar at the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research at the University of Kent (Canterbury). Prior to this I received BA and MLitt degrees in English from Trinity College Dublin. 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). This book was extensively reviewed in the press, generating detailed praise in such journals as the TLSDublin Review of BooksIrish University Review, Irish Studies Review, Breac, The Irish Review and The Irish Times. My interest in post-independence Irish culture has also resulted in chapters and essays on O’Faoláin, Frank O’Connor, Elizabeth Bowen and Daniel Corkery, amongst others. This in turn has fed into my next long-term research project, on the production and processes of life writing in the Irish Free State.  

I have edited two critical collections on contemporary prose figures, Reading Colm Tóibín (Liffey Press, 2008), and William Trevor: Revaluations, with Michael Parker (Manchester UP, 2013). I am currently co-editing a major volume of essays on Anglophone short fiction for Edinburgh UP with Adrian Hunter (University of Sterling). This commissioned collection, The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English, promises to be a significant contribution to the field of short-story criticism and is uniquely international in scope and subject matter, featuring contributions from thirty scholars from across the English-speaking world; it is due for publication in late 2017.

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

Recent essays include work on the collaborative folk tales of Annie ‘Oney’ Power and Pádraig Mac Gréine for Béaloideas (Folklore and Modern Irish Writing, eds. Anne Markey and Anne O’Connor [IAP, 2014]), on Seán O’Faoláin criticism (Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield [Oxford UP, 2015]), on early-twentieth century working-class prose (A History of Irish Working-Class Writing, ed. Michael Pierse [Cambridge UP, in press]), and on immigration and contemporary Irish short fiction (Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, special issue, ed. Michael Kenneally [in press]).

Current projects include a chapter on mid-twentieth century Irish literary biographies for volume five of the Cambridge History of Irish Literature in Transition, 1940-1980, ed. Eve Patten (Cambridge UP, forthcoming). A full list of my publications can be found at 

I teach on a number of modules on the undergraduate programme in English, at Freshman and Sophister level, as well as on the MPhil in Irish Writing and on the Irish Studies programme. I am also a College Tutor, and have served in this pastoral role since 2006. PhD students have completed theses in the following areas: 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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