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Ruth Barton
Associate Professor in Film Studies, Film Studies


Dr Ruth Barton is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA Mod) and of University College Dublin (MA, Film Studies). She holds a PhD from the NUI (Thesis title: 'From History to Heritage: Representations of History and the Past in Contemporary Irish Cinema'). She is the author of several books on Irish cinema and has co-edited a volume of essays on Irish Cinema and Television as well as being the author of many articles on Irish and British cinema. Her interests include Irish cinema, stardom and diaspora studies. She is editor of a collection of essays on Irish-American film and television and on the Irish in Britain. She has also written a critical biography of the film star, Hedy Lamarr, and of the Irish silent director, Rex Ingram. She appears regularly on radio as a film historian and film critic. She joined the staff of TCD in September 2007.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Barton, Ruth, Irish cinema in the twenty-first century, Manchester and New York, Manchester University Press, 2019, 1 - 248pp Book, 2019

Barton, Ruth Trezise, Simon, Music and Sound in Silent Film, From the Nickelodeon to The Artist, London and New York, Routledge, 2018 Book, 2018

Irish Cinema and Theatre: Adapting to Change in, editor(s)Jordan, Eamonn Weitz, Eric , The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp315-329 , [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2018

Behind Closed Doors: Middle-Class Suburbia and Contemporary Irish Cinema in, editor(s)Smith, Eoghan, Workman, Simon , Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp191-208 , [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2018

The Force Meets the Kittiwake: shooting Star Wars on Skellig Michael in, editor(s)Lundberg, Christine Ziakas, Vassilios , The Routledge Handbook of Popular Culture and Tourism, London and New York, Routledge, 2018, pp300-310 , [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2018

Francis Hitchcock's War: Stand To, A Diary of the Trenches and its legacy in, editor(s)Byrne, Michael , Offaly and the Great War, Tullamore, Esker Press, 2018, pp175 - 182, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2018

Ruth Barton, Narrating Clerical Sexual Abuse, The Journal of English Language & Literature, 63, (4), 2017, p641 - 658 Journal Article, 2017

Barton, Ruth, A Female Voice in Irish Cinema: Women Filmmakers and the Creative Documentary, New Hibernia Review, 21, (2), 2017, p17 - 32 Journal Article, 2017

Ruth Barton, Jimmy's Hall, Irish Cinema and the Telling of History, Review of Irish Studies in Europe, one, (one), 2016, p93 - 106 Journal Article, 2016

Ruth Barton, Mary R. Desjardins, Recycled Stars: Female Film Stardom in the Age of Television and Video, Journal of American Studies, 50, (1), 2016, pE15 - E15 Review Article, 2016 URL

The Ironic Gaze: Roots Tourism and Irish Heritage Cinema in, editor(s)Paul Cooke Rob Stone , Screening European Heritage, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp163 - 179, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2016

Ruth Barton, Review of the year in Irish cinema, Christmas 'Review of the Year' , The Institute of International and European Affairs, 9 December, 2015, IIEA Young Professionals' Network Invited Talk, 2015

Ruth Barton, Rex Ingram, Irish pacifist film director and his brother Frank, diarist and war hero, St Luke's Symposium Heritage Centre Lectures, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 13 October , 2015, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Invited Talk, 2015

Ruth Barton, Haunted memories: Rex Ingram, Francis Hitchcock and World War One, Offaly Heritage, 8, 2015, p139 - 144 Journal Article, 2015

Old Mother Riley Goes to the Pictures: Screening the Irish in Britain in, editor(s)Scott Brewster and Werner Huber , Ireland: Arrivals and Departures, Trier, WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2015, pp13 - 24, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2015

"More Sax, Less Clannad": The Road to God Knows Where in, editor(s)Lance Pettitt Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos , Alan Gilsenan: The Road to God knows Where, Florianopolis, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 2015, pp145 - 164, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2015

Ruth Barton, Every Plot Has a Story, Estudios Irlandeses, (10), 2015, p197 - 197 Journal Article, 2015

Estudios Irlandeses, Spain, AEDEI, [editor review section Irish Media publications], 2015 Editorial Board, 2015

From Symbol to Symptom - Changing Representations of Fatherhood in Recent Irish Cinema in, editor(s)Holohan, Conn Tracy, Tony , Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp183 - 194, [Barton, Ruth] Book Chapter, 2014

Between Modernity and Marginality: Celtic Tiger cinema in, editor(s)Maher, Eamon O'Brien, Eugene , From Prosperity to Austerity, Manchester and New York, Manchester University Press, 2014, pp218 - 229, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2014

Barton, Ruth, Rex Ingram, Visionary Director of the Silent Screen, Lexington, Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky, 2014, ix - 262pp Book, 2014

Barton, Ruth, Into What Future?, Short Film Studies, 4, (2), 2014, p153 - 156 Journal Article, 2014

Loss of Innocents: the Irish child and cinema in, editor(s)Luddy, Maria Smith, James M. , Children, Childhood and Irish Society, Dublin and Portland Or.,, Four CourtsPress, 2014, pp378 - 388, [Barton, Ruth] Book Chapter, 2014

Irish cinema, Catherine Marshall Peter Murray, Art and Architecture of Ireland (AAI), Vol.V. Twentieth-Century Art and Artists, New Haven, London, Yale University Press, Royal Irish Academy, 2014, [Ruth Barton] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2014

Ruth Barton, Cultural Baggage - Pirjo Hokkanen's Matka, Short Film Studies, 4, (1), 2013, p35 - 38 Journal Article, 2013

Drinking with McNulty: Irish American Identity and Spaces in The Wire in, editor(s)Kennedy, Liam Shapiro, Stephen , The Wire: Race, Class, and Genre, Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Press, 2012, pp215 - 238, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2012

Ruth Barton, The O'Kalem Collection on DVD: Implications for future research, New Hibernia Review, 16, (2), 2012, p137 - 142 Review Article, 2012

Ruth Barton, Silent Ritual: Marcell Ivany's Wind, Short Film Studies, 2, (2), 2012, p193 - 196 Journal Article, 2012

Ruth Barton, Tuning in to Sunday, Short Film Studies, 1, (2), 2011, p311 - 314 Journal Article, 2011

Neil Jordan: Superstition and Religion in, editor(s)Werner Huber Seån Crosson , Contemporary Irish Film, Vienna, Braumuller, 2011, pp105 - 114, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2011

Irish Studies Review, 19, 1, (2011), Ruth Barton, [eds.], special issue Journal, 2011

Rocket Scientist! The Posthumous Celebrity of Hedy Lamarr in, editor(s)Su Holmes Diane Negra , In the Limelight and Under the Microscope, New York, London, Continuum, 2011, pp82 - 102, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2011

The Ghost of the Celtic Tiger in, editor(s)Marisol Morales Ladron Juan F Elices Agudo , Glocal Ireland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, pp26 - 39, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2011

Ruth Barton, Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in FIlm, 1st, Lexington, University of Kentucky Press, 2010, 1 - 281pp Book, 2010

The Bums on The Seats: Irish Films and The Overseas Market in, editor(s)Isabelle le Corff and Estelle Epinoux , Cinemas of Ireland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp66 - 85, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2009

The Voice of Pierce Brosnan in, editor(s)James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan, Michael O'Sullivan , Affecting Irishness, Oxford, Bern,Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, Peter Lang, 2009, pp259 - 274, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2009

Ruth Barton (ed.), Screening Irish-America, Dublin and Portland, Or., Irish Academic Press, 2009 Book, 2009

Before She was Mary Kate: Maureen O'Hara's Contradictory Career in, editor(s)Seån Crosson and Rod Stoneman , The Quiet Man ... And Beyond, Dublin, The Liffey Press, 2009, pp214 - 223, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2009

When the Chickens Came Home to Roost: British Thrillers of the 1970s in, editor(s)Robert Shail , Seventies British Cinema, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, pp46 - 55, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2008

Changing Direction: Irish cinema revisits its borders in, editor(s)Marjorie Salvodon & Sandra Barriales , Zoom in, Zoom out: Crossing Borders in Contemporary European Cinema, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2007, pp170 - 185, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2007

The Ireland they dream of" - Eireville, Coolockland and the appropriation of Science Fiction and Fantasy narratives in short Irish filmmaking in, editor(s)Brian McIlroy , Irish Cinema: Genre and Transnationalism, London, New York, Routledge, 2007, pp151 - 162, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2007

Ruth Barton, Maureen O'Hara: Pirate Queen, Feminist Icon?, Éire-Ireland, 41, (1/2), 2006, p142 - 168 Journal Article, 2006

Ruth Barton, Acting Irish in Hollywood: From Fitzgerald to Farrell, pbk; hbk, USA and Ireland, Irish Academic Press, 2006 Book, 2006

Jim Sheridan in, editor(s)Anthony Roche , The UCD Aesthetic, Dublin, New Island, 2005, pp190 - 198, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2005

The Potency of Cheap Music: Exile, Ballads and Performance in Irish Cinema in, editor(s)Liam Harte, Yvonne Whelan and Patrick Crotty , Ireland: Space, Text, Time, Dublin, The Liffey Press, 2005, pp199 - 208, [Ruth Barton] Book Chapter, 2005

Ruth Barton, "The Ireland they dream of" - Eireville, Coolockland and the appropriation of Science Fiction and Fantasy narratives in short Irish filmmaking, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 29, (2), 2004, p41 - 45 Journal Article, 2004

Ruth Barton, Harvey O'Brien, Keeping it Real: Irish Film and Television, pbk, New York and London, Wallflower Press, 2004 Book, 2004

Ruth Barton, Irish National Cinema, pbk; hbk, New York, London, Routledge, 2004 Book, 2004

Ruth Barton, Jim Sheridan: Framing the Nation, pbk, Dublin, The Liffey Press, 2002, xi-175pp Book, 2002 TARA - Full Text URL

Ruth Barton, Kitsch as authenticity, Irish Studies Review, 9, (2), 2001, p193 - 202 Journal Article, 2001

Ruth Barton, The Ballykissangelisation of Ireland, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 20, (3), 2000, p413 - 426 Journal Article, 2000

Ruth Barton, Feisty Colleens and Faithful Sons, Gender in Irish Cinema, Cineaste, xxiv, (2/3), 1999, p40 - 45 Journal Article, 1999

Ruth Barton, Irish Cinema - From History to Heritage, The Irish Review, 21, 1997, p41 - 56 Journal Article, 1997

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ruth Barton, Screening 1916, 2017, - 14-15 Miscellaneous, 2017

Ruth Barton, A Liminal Genre: Defining the Contemporary Irish Horror Film, Protean Spaces in Irish Literature, Theatre and Film, USFC, Florianopolis, 7 November , 2017, Nucleo de estudios irlandeses da UFSC Invited Talk, 2017

Ruth Barton, "Ireland and Irishness as a Post-Traumatic Discursive Space: the Case of Cinema", Rethinking Cultural Rethinking Cultural Trauma from Transnational Perspectives, Sao Paulo, 22-25 August , 2017, SPECTRESS Invited Talk, 2017

Ruth Barton, Jimmy's Hall, Whose Story is it?, SOFEIR, Paris, March, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Ruth Barton, Rethinking heritage cinema: how tourism has inflected the national visual imaginary., AEDEI 2015, Granada, Spain, May 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Ruth Barton, Rex Ingram: The Magician of Nice, ACIS/CAIS, UCD, June , 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Ruth Barton, Retrieving Rex Ingram, Irish Cinema, UCC, April, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Ruth Barton, City Break Cinema, European Heritage Cinema, University of Leeds, September , 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Ruth Barton, Screening Irish-America III, 30 March , 2012 Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2012

Ruth Barton, Old Mother Riley Goes to the Pictures, EFACIS, University of Salford, September, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Ruth Barton, Repair it - or replace it entirely? Fatherhood and contemporary Irish cinema, Masculinities in Irish Popular Culture, NUI Galway, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Ruth Barton, Screening the Irish in Britain, 26 September , 2009, Arts Technology Research Laboratory, TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2009

Ruth Barton, Screening Irish-America, April , 2007, University College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2007

Ruth Barton, Harvey O'Brien, Keeping it Real, April , 2002, University College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2002

Ruth Barton, "'Ireland of the Horrors': genre cinema and the boundaries of the national", THE CIRCULATION OF POPULAR CULTURE BETWEEN IRELAND AND THE USA (18TH-21ST CENTURIES), Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, June 16-17-18, 2016 Conference Paper,

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Ecologies of cultural production
  • Summary
    • This project will survey a representative sample of high-profile workers in two fields, Film/Screen production and Theatre/Performance, to establish what part the subsidised cultural sector played in their career development. Information will be gathered through intereviews and on-line sources. The aim is to inform public policy on arts funding and establish a methodology that could be applied to all sectors of cultural production. The two immediate outputs will be a one-day seminar, 'Ecologies of Cultural Production' and a written report. The report will be delivered to key stakeholders including policy makers and practitioners.
  • Funding Agency
    • Creative Ireland
  • Date From
    • 1/10/2018
  • Date To
    • 31/12/2019
  • Title
    • Screening Irish-America
  • Summary
    • This is a historical and analytical study of the representation of the Irish in America on film, television the internet and other media.
  • Date From
    • Sept 2005
  • Title
    • Screening the Irish in Britian
  • Summary
    • This projects complements the 'Screening Irish-America' network. Outcomes to date include an international one-day seminar entitled 'Screening the Irish in Britain' held at TCD in September 2009.
  • Funding Agency
    • TCD Long Room Hub
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Title
    • Women's Film and Television History Network - UK/Ireland
  • Summary
    • WFTHN focuses on British and Irish women working in the UK/Ireland or abroad and on overseas women working here. It is affiliated to Women & Film History International and encourages British and Irish contributions to international initiatives such as the Women Film Pioneers Database, the biennial international Women and Silent Screen conferences and the women's television conference, Consoling Passions.
  • Funding Agency
    • AHRC
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2011


Cinema/Video; Film Studies; Theatre/Film Criticism


Awards and Honours

Fellow of Trinity College 2018