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Dr Stephen O'Neill, B.A., M.A., (QUB), Ph.D. (TCD) Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow


Research and Teaching Interests

Stephen O’Neill is an Irish Research Council Enterprise Research Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. His research project examines the literary and cultural history of Ireland from 1920 to 1955, focusing on the impact of the state on culture and, in particular, representations of partition in Ireland. With IMMA, he is working on critical and practical approaches to representing and commemorating the foundation of states in the early- to mid-twentieth century. His monograph Irish Culture and Partition 1920-1955 is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press.

Stephen was previously the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for 2019-2020 at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. From 2013 to 2017, he was an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar at the School of English at Trinity, where his thesis examined the representation of the country and the city in the Irish novel. He worked in the School of English from 2015 to 2019 as a teaching assistant and occasional lecturer in modern Irish literature, and as research assistant on various projects including the Brendan Kennelly Literary Archive. Stephen has also held visiting fellowships from the Huntington Library, the University of São Paulo (via the SPeCTReSS Network), the Moore Institute at NUI Galway, and the School of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast.

He has forthcoming and published articles and chapters on topics including partition and memory, twentieth century Irish poetry, visual culture and state formation, newspaper history, and the Westlink in Belfast.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


  • Irish Culture and Partition, 1920-1955 (Forthcoming, Liverpool University Press, 2022);

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • ‘Wherever Green is Orange’, Éire-Ireland (Forthcoming, 2022);

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters 

  • ‘May Morton’, in Maria Johnston and Conor Linnie, eds, Irish Women Poets Rediscovered (Forthcoming, Cork University Press, 2021);

  • ‘“A Visible Sign of Our Loyalty”: The Iconography of Partition’, in Fearghal McGarry and Darragh Gannon, eds, Ireland 1922: Independence, Partition, Civil War (Royal Irish Academy, 2021);

  •  ‘Continuity and Change in the Belfast Press, 1900–1994’, (co-authored with Nora Moroney) in Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham, eds, The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3 (Edinburgh University Press, 2020);
  •  ‘“throwing petrol on the fire”: writing in the shadow of the Belfast Urban Motorway’, in Elleke Boehmer and Dominic Davies, eds, Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


Dr Stephen O'Neill
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2


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