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Welcome to the Department of English in Mary Immaculate College.  As you will see, we are research-driven with a number of publications to our credit.  We provide courses on the Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts undergraduate Degrees.

The newsletter is designed to give you a flavour of the busy life within the department and to highlight forthcoming events.

Deirdre Flynn, who is working with us this semester,  has just had an essay published on the writing of Haruki Murakami.  The book

Haruki Murakami Challenging Authors

is edited by  is edited by Matthew C. Strecher, of Sophia University, Tokyo, and Paul S Thomas of Furman University, USA.


Deirdre's chapter is entitled:

The Transcreation of Tokyo: The Universality of Murakami's Urban landscape




The department is delighted to welcome our new faculty member, Dr Eóin Flannery who will begin working here in the coming academic year.  Eóin has been working in Oxford Brooks University for the past number of years and was the first PhD student who graduated from the Department back in 2004.  He has a very strong publishing record in the field of Irish writing and cultural theory. He has published the following books:

Ireland and Ecocriticism: Literature, History and Environmental Justice; Research Interests: Irish Studies and Ecocriticism; 

Versions of Ireland: Empire, Modernity and Resistance in Irish Culture;

This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann co-edited with Susan Cahill;

Ireland and Postcolonial Studies;

Colum McCann and the Aesthetics of Redemption;

Enemies of Empire: New Perspectives on Imperialism, Literature and Historiography, with Angus Mitchell.


We are very pleased to welcome another new colleague, Dr Donna Mitchell, to our ranks in the coming year.  Donna is the first post-doctoral teaching fellow in the department and she will be teaching and researching in the department in the coming year.   She received her PhD in 2014 and has done some research work for the Institute for Irish Studies in the college. She has a strong early-0career publication record:

2016: ‘‘Mute and beautiful, she played with dolls ... mute and beautiful she killed’: Anne Rice’s Vampire Child’ in Brodman, B. and Doan, J. E. (eds.) The Supernatural Revamped, Cranbury: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
2016: ‘Patchwork Girls: Reflections of Lost Female Identity in Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours’ in Anya Heise-von der Lippe (ed.) Posthuman Gothic, Wales: University of Wales Press.
2013: ‘The Madonna and Child: Re-evaluating Social Conventions through Anne Rice’s Forgotten Females’ in Brodman, B. and Doan, J. E. (eds.) Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic, Cranbury: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 57-69.

2015: “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation’: Mother as Monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’, The Journal of Dracula Studies: The Horror Classics Issue, Autumn 2015.
2014: “If you were less pretty I think I should be very much afraid of you’: A Female Personification of Death in Irish Gothic Literature’, Writing from Below: Death and the Maiden Special Issue, 2 (1), available: http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/ojs/index.php/wfb/article/viewFile/450/505
2014: ‘Of Monsters and Men: Absent Mothers and Unnatural Children in the Gothic ‘Family Romance’’, Otherness: Essays and Studies 4.2, 4 (2), available: http://www.otherness.dk/otherness-essays-studies-4.2/


‘Being a Mother is an attitude, not a biological relation’: Mother as Monster in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein

Pages 39-52 The Journal of Dracula Studies: Special edition Monstrous Shadows, June 2015

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