I am lecturer in English Literature, specialising in both William Shakespeare and modern/contemporary Irish literature. My research is infused by interests in literary theory, particularly poststructuralism, and I seek to deconstruct theory as much as the literature I examine.
I have written a monograph manuscript Remember, remember: Shakespeare, memory and modern Ireland, currently under review at Palgrave Macmillan. It examines the remembered presence of Shakespeare in Irish writers including James Joyce, J. M. Synge, John Banville, Samuel Beckett, Edna O’Brien, W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney. I have a co-edited book (with Dr Stanley van der Ziel) on Shakespeare and Contemporary Irish Literature due out in 2018, also with Palgrave.
My doctoral research was on the links between literature and nationhood, and I have recently lectured and taught Sam Mendes’ Skyfall (2012) with that idea in mind: that Bond, the returning hero who prioritises ‘England’, also uses Skyfall, his Scottish home, to relaunch the United Kingdom in a post-9/11 world.
For my next projects I plan a focus on thanatology in the fiction writing of John Banville. I will use a set of poststructural frameworks to consider death as extreme as sociological fact and literary catalyst—with other categories in between.