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Awards, funding, and Society Memberships
Winner of the British Association for Irish Studies Postgraduate Bursary Award, 2013
Winner of an Open University Crowther Fund Award, 2012
Member of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), 2013-
Member of the British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS), 2013-
Member of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA), 2013-
Member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL), 2013-
BA (Hons) Open University; MA Open University
“‘Two Tunes’: confluent Irish and Caribbean settler-colonial worlds, in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September (1929) and Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark (1934)”, in Caribbean Irish Connections, ed. by Alison Donnell and others (Cave Hill: University of West Indies). Peer-reviewed, and in press.
|Thesis title||Positioned Histories, Confluent Worlds: Four Comparative Case Studies of Irish and Caribbean Novels in English, 1929- 1963
Supervisor: Peter Hulme
My thesis will demonstrate that there are substantial, recurrent parallels between the forms and themes of Anglophone novels published in both Ireland and the Caribbean in the period 1929 to 1963 (a period which I shall show is of crucially decolonising literary production in both countries). I shall argue for Irish longer prose fiction being read in equal proportion to Caribbean novels, in the study of the fictive representations of decolonising processes in literature. As the Introduction to my thesis shows in its review of attempts thus far to incorporate Anglophone Irish literatures into post-colonial criticism, such a mode of extensive comparative analysis of Irish and Caribbean novels has not been undertaken before now. Thus, this thesis presents an original, substantial and innovative mode of research and discussion in this field.
Each study selects a specific decolonising issue that counters or hybridises dominant British imperial discourse, and compares how this is articulated in the form and thematic preoccupations of a chosen Irish or Caribbean text. The broad socio-economic and cultural scope of Irish society constructs a multi-faceted archipelago across its historical and cultural terrain, if not necessarily across and within the breadth and particulars of its physical geography. Socio-politically, and as represented in my chosen novels, one can conceive a multitude of lived ‘Irelands of the mind’ demonstrating strong confluence with the breadth of historical and cultural influences and identities across the Caribbean.
November 2012: “‘Two Tunes’: confluent Irish and Caribbean settler-colonial worlds, in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September (1929) and Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark (1934)”, Caribbean Irish Connections inaugural conference, University of West Indies, Barbados
June 2013: “Confluent worlds: a comparative study of female-headed families and matriarchal economy in C.L.R. James’s Minty Alley (1936) and Patrick Kavanagh’s Tarry Flynn (1948)”, New Voices 2013: Diversities in Literary and Cultural Studies conference, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
July 2013: “‘A missile without provenance or target’: Samuel Beckett’s Murphy (1938) and Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners (1956) as migrant novels of 1930s-1950s London”, BCLA Migration Conference, University of Essex, Colchester, England
Other interests: Post-colonial studies, Irish Studies, Caribbean Studies, close reading skills, Structuralism and semiotics, post- structuralism and deconstruction; Marxist literary criticism; new historicism and cultural materialism; Shakespeare in text and performance; the nineteenth-century novel; the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh (1904- 1967).