Fields: Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature and Culture; Modernism; 20th Century British Literature and Culture; Modern Drama and Performance.
I primarily teach courses in modern and contemporary Irish literature, modernism, drama and performance, and academic writing. In these classes, we develop the skills to read and analyze challenging texts such as Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) or Claire-Louise Bennett’s Pond (2015). I ask students to say something new and interesting about our readings, and to use “the words on the page” to prove their claims in discussion and in papers. In our lively and provocative class discussions, you’ll learn to take intellectual risks and to embrace the fun of thinking critically about literature and the arts.
We also work together to produce clear and persuasive writing that conveys original insights about literature and performance. To help in this endeavor, I demonstrate for students the pleasures and challenges of being a “teacher-scholar,” a professor who integrates her classroom practice and scholarly research. In my “Modernist Afterlives” seminar, for example, we examine how and why the innovative tactics of high modernism, an early twentieth-century cultural movement, continue to appear in contemporary drama, poetry, and fiction – a concern that inspired my recent edited collection, Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture.
Thanks to the Edward Callahan Support Fund for Irish Studies, students have the opportunity to meet and talk with Irish writers whom we read in class, such as Kevin Barry, Anne Enright, Eimear McBride, Mary Morrissy, Paul Muldoon, and Colm Tóibín, and to discuss Irish literature and culture with visiting scholars in Irish Studies. My classes have travelled to Boston, Providence, New Haven, and New York to see productions of plays, and you might just find us at a local pub discussing poetry or at my house screening a film relevant to our class.
- Critical Reading and Writing: Drama
- Critical Reading and Writing: Fiction
- Critical Reading and Writing: Poetry
- Critical Reading and Writing: Multi-genre
- Introduction to Academic Writing
Touchstones, Readings, Masterpieces, and Seminars
- Touchstones II: British Romanticism to the Present
- Readings in Twentieth-Century British Literature
- Masterpieces of British Literature: Audiences and Actors
- Seminar: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Things (with Sarah Stanbury)
- Seminar: Modernist Afterlives
Irish Studies Courses
- Modernism and the Irish Literary Revival
- Contemporary Irish Literature
- Irish Drama
- The Irish Short Story
- James Joyce
- Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll in Irish Literature (non-majors)
- Modern Irish Literature (non-majors)
- Seminar: Joyce's Ulysses
- Seminar: Irish Women's Writing
- Seminar: Catholicism in Irish Literature and Culture
- Tutorial: Gender in Contemporary Irish Literature and Culture
- College Honors: Irish Experience (with Suzanne Kirschner)
Selected publications [see CV for complete list]
Modernism, Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Paperback, 2010. Honorable Mention, Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2007
Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture. Anthem Irish Studies Series. Series ed. Marjorie Howes. London: Anthem Press, 2016.
Guest Editor. “Irish Things”: Special Issue on Irish Material Culture. Éire-Ireland 64:1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2011).
Pearson Custom Library Introduction to Literature. Eds. Kathleen Shine Cain, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Janice Neuleib, Stanley Orr, Paige Reynolds, Stephen Ruffus. Boston: Pearson, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012.
Recent Articles and Book Chapters
"Bird Girls: Modernism and Sexual Ethics in Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.” Modernism and Close Reading. Eds. David James and Jim Hansen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
"Prose, Drama, and Poetry, 1891-1920,” Cambridge History of Irish Women’s Writing. Eds. Heather Ingman and Clíona Ó Gallchoir. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
“The Avant-Garde Doyenne: Mary Manning and the Poets’ Theatre,” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, forthcoming.
"Direction and Design to 1960.” Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre. Eds. Nicholas Grene and Christopher Morash. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. 201-216.
“’A Theatre of the Head’: Material Culture, Severed Heads, and the Late Drama of W. B. Yeats.” Modern Drama 58:4 (Winter 2015). 437-460.
“Modernist Periodicals.” A History of Modernist Poetry. Eds. Alex Davis and Lee Jenkins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 118-138.
“Spectacle and Performance in (and out) of Modern Irish Theatre.” In Anthony Roche. The Irish Dramatic Revival 1899-1939. Methuen Critical Companion Series. London: Methuen, 2015. 161-171.
"An Interview with Colm Tóibín.” Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies 2 (2014). Eds. Lindsay Haney and Shaun Richards. Special Issue on Contemporary Irish Drama.
“Irish Modernism, the New Journalism, and Modern Periodical Studies.” Ireland and the New Journalism. Eds. Michael de Nie and Karen Steele. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014. 205-222.
“Colleen Modernism: Modernism’s Afterlife in Irish Women’s Writing.” Éire-Ireland 44: 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2009). 94-117.