Staff Research Interests
Our staff have research interests and expertise in all major areas of Literary Study and Creative Writing.
I am from Dundalk in Ireland. I taught at several different universities in the United States, including Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University in North Carolina and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I tutor on the creative writing DLMA.
As I writer, I began in poetry and have recently gravitated towards prose fiction. I have published five collections of poems, a football memoir and a Gothic novella. A second novel, We Are Not in the World, is due from Doubleday in 2020. I am interested in the relationship between narrative and time. I am interested, also, in the space between poetry and prose. My most recent poetry collection, Live Streaming, includes a fragmentary prose collage about my late father.The History of Rain (poems, Gallery Press, 1993) Seatown (poems, Gallery Press, 1999) Red Mist: Roy Keane & Ireland's Football Civil War (memoir, Bloomsbury, 2004) Fiction (poem, Gallery Press, 2005) The Sun King (poem, Gallery Press, 2013) Nothing on Earth (novel, Doubleday Ireland, 2016) Live Streaming (poems, Gallery Press, 2017) We Are Not in the World (novel, Doubleday UK, 2020)
I teach and research fifteenth- and sixteenth-century writing in English. While my research interests are varied, I mainly work on: the cultural politics of Tudor and Stuart translation: embodiment; emotions; Ovidian mythology; premodern gothic; surface studies. My current book-length projects are Shakespeare on the Surface (Routledge under contract) and Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities: Thomas Churchyard's Passionate Histories (Leverhulme funded).