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Mum's the Word

A very successful conference, entitled Mum's the Word: Voicing the Female Experience in Popular Culture was organised in the department on march 9th this year by two of our postgraduate students, jade Dillon and Adele Hannon.

Adele Hannon (conference organiser), Dr Sorcha Gunne (NUIG, plenary speaker) and jade Dillon (conference organiser).

 

The Department of English Language and Literature graduated 4 PhD students in 2016.  We also graduated a cohort from the Taught MA in Modern English Language and Literature, and our first cohort from the new Taught MA in Applied Linguistics.

We are extremely proud of all of our students.

From left to right: Dr Tony Fleming, Dr Anne Nash, Dr Brian Devaney and Dr Kieran Harrington

From left to right: Dr Kathryn Laing, Dr Kieran Harrington, Dr Tony Fleming, Dr Anne O'Keeffe, Dr

Anne Nash, Dr Brian Devaney, Dr Eugene O'Brien and Dr John McDonagh

Dr Kieran Harrington with his supervisor, Dr Anne O'Keeffe (Professor Mike McCarthy was co-supervisor)

 

Dr Brian Devaney with his supervisor, Dr John McDonagh

Dr Tony Fleming with his supervisor, Dr Eugene O'Brien

Dr Kathryn Laing (supervisor) Dr Anne Nash and Dr Eugene O'Brien (supervisor)

Staff and students from the Taught MA in Modern English Language and Literature

Staff and students from the Taught MA in Applied Linguistics

Enass Ben Khalifa, who graduated with a Taught MA in English Language and Literature

Miriam Walsh and Daniela Panzera, who both graduated in 2015, in deep in conversation

  

RESEARCH POSTGRADUATE STUDENT COMPLETION TABLE:    

Degree Year        Supervisor   Student   Title and External Examiner
PhD 2016 John McDonagh Brian Devaney

'What Lies Beneath': An Explanation of the Unseen in John B. Keane's The Field

External Examiner: Professor Victor Merriman, Edge Hill University, UK

PhD 2016 Dr Kathryn Laing and Dr Eugene O'Brien Anne Nash  An Examination of Female and Characterisation in a Selection of the Novels Short Stories of William Trevor through the Lens of Simone de Beauvoir

External Examiner, Dr Paul Delaney, Trinity College Dublin

PhD 2016 Dr Eugene O'Brien Tony Fleming  The Gravity of Oppositions:  The Life and Art of Thomas Hardy

External Examiner: Dr Rebecca Welshman, External Examiner Address University of Liverpool, UK

PhD 2016 Dr Anne O'Keeffe and Professor Mike McCarthy Kieran Harrington ‘Anything but the Ideal Speaker Listener in Anything but a Homogenous Speech Community A study of communication through the medium of lingua franca English.’

External examiner Professor Steve Walsh, Newcastle University, UK

PhD 2015 Eugene O'Brien Miriam Walsh

Once Upon an Ideology:   Exploring the ideologies and identities of Female Figures through a Selection of Classic and Contemporary Fairy Tales

External Examiner: Professor Donald Haase, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

PhD 2015 Eugene O'Brien

Daniela Panzera

Dantean Returns: Intertextuality in the Works of Seamus Heaney, Thomas Stearns Eliot and Eugenio Montale

External Examiner: Professor Andrew J. Auge Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, USA

PhD  2015

Maria Beville and Eugene O'Brien

Tracy Fahey

The Gothic Home in Contemporary Irish Art: Perspectives on the Gothic and Folklore in Ireland

External Examiner: Dr  Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University, UK

PhD 2014 Eugene O'Brien Michelle Kennedy  The Deconstructive Interplay of Catholicism and Feminism in Modern Irish Literature

External Examiner: Dr Eamon Maher, Institute of Technology, Tallaght

PhD 2014 Eugene O'Brien Donna Mitchell   From Dolls to Demons: Exploring Subversions of Female Agency and Identity in Gothic Literature through a Selection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Texts

External Examiner: Dr Monica Germanà University of Westminster, London

PhD 2014 Eugene O'Brien Deirdre Flynn

 Literature's Postmodern Condition: The Search for Identity and Connection in the Novels of Haruki Murakami

External Examiner: Professor Mathew Strecher, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA

PhD

2014

 

Eugene O'Brien Aibhlín Ní Dubhghaill

  “The Whole Man”: A Discussion of the Influence of  Aspects of the Occult and of German Philosophy on Yeats’s Dramatic Theory and Performance

External Examiner: Professor Charles Armstrong, University of Agder, Norway

PhD 2013

Anne O'Keeffe

Michael McCarthy

James Binchy Apparent Randomness and Chaotic Non-Linearity: Change over Time in the Essays of a Cohort of Philosophy Undergraduates

External Examiners: Professor Svenja Adolphs, University of Nottingham and Dr Paula Buttery, Cambridge University

PhD 2013

Anne O'Keeffe

Michael McCarthy

Tania Fahy Palma  Investigating Communicative Strategies in Novice Communities of Practice: A Comparative Study of Engineering and Marketing Meetings 

External Examiner: Professor Michael Handford, University of Tokyo

PhD 2013 John McDonagh Dearbhla McCarthy ‘The Examined Life’: The Construction of Identity in the Works of Contemporary Irish Novelist Michael Curtin

External Examiner: Dr Eibhear Walsh, University College Cork

PhD 2013 John McDonagh Conor Farnan  A Moral Map?: A Thematic Study of the Poetry of Paul Durcan

External Examiner: Dr Kathleen McKracken, University of Ulster

PhD 2013 Eugene O'Brien Kristen Butler  War of the Words: Invasion, Colonisation and the Political Gothic

External Examiner: Dr Sara-Patricia Wasson, Edinburgh Napier University

PhD 2013 John McDonagh Louise Liebherr

 Reimagining Tolkien: A Post-Colonial Perspective on Lord of the Rings

External Examiner: Professor Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University of London

PhD 2012

Eugene O'Brien

John O'Flynn

Matteo Cullen  ‘From Astral Weeks to Top Priority via Jailbreak: Commonalities and Tensions in Irish Rock Music, 1968-78’

External Examiner: Dr Gerry Smyth, John Moores University, Liverpool

PhD 2012 Eugene O'Brien Stephanie Hannon Gender Violence in Contemporary Literature, Film and Television

External Examiner: Dr Stephanie Raines, NUI Maynooth

PhD 2012 Eugene O'Brien Claire McGrail-Johnston

Mapping the Terrain of Identity: an Exploration of Postcolonial Gothic in Modern Irish Fiction

External Examiner: Professor Neil Murphy, Nanyang technological University, Singapore

PhD 2012 John McDonagh Louise Brett Paving new Futures: An Analysis of the Poetry of Sinead Morrissey and Colette Bryce

External Examiner: Dr Caitriona Clutterbuck, University College Dublin

Phd 2012 John McDonagh Catherine O'Brien

Refusing to Masquerade: Notions of Truth in the Novels and short Stories of William Trevor

External Examiner: Dr Derek Hand, Saint Patrick's College, Dublin City University

PhD

2011

Eugene O’Brien

Brian Walsh

Being Neither Here Nor There: Seamus Heaney’s Poetic Phenomenologies of the Spirit

External Examiner: Professor Irene Gilsenan-Nordin, University of Dalarna, Sweden

PhD

2011

Eugene O’Brien

Mary Ryan

Irish Feminist Chick Lit?   Examining the Social and Cultural Contexts of Marian Keyes’ Work

External Examiner: Professor Imelda Whelehan, University of Tasmania, Hobart, New Zealand

PhD

2011

Eugene O’Brien

Clare Gorman

‘Towards the Undecidable’: A Reading of the texts of James Joyce, Sean O’Casey and Paul Howard through the Deconstructive Lens of Jacques Derrida

External Examiner: Professor Thomas J. Halloran, Marian Court College, Swampscott, Massachusetts, USA

PhD

2010

John McDonagh

Leah Harte

The Negotiation of Identity in the Fiction of Jhumpa Lahiri: Borderlands, Translations and Narrativisations

External Examiner: Professor Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick, UK

PhD

2010

Anne O’Keeffe 

Micheal McCarthy

Brian Clancy

A Case Study of Family Discourse in Settled and Traveller Families

External Examiner: Professor Ron Carte, University of Nottingham, UK and Dr Christoph Rühlemann Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

PhD

2010

Anne O’Keeffe

Micheal McCarthy

Barbara Orfano

A Corpus-Based Study of the Representation of Spoken Language in Sitcom Discourse

External Examiner: Dr Ivor Timmis, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

PhD

2010

Eugene O’Brien

Kamel Abu Deeb

Brigid Wallace

Modern Literature by Arab Writers: A Deconstructive Study

External Examiner: Professor Rasheed El-Enany, University of Exeter, UK

PhD

2009

John McDonagh

Margaret Page

From the ‘Heart of Sickness’ to the ‘Singing Wound’: A Study of Connectedness in the Works of Brendan Kennelly

External Examiner: Dr Lucy Collins, University College Dublin

PhD

2009

Paula Murphy

Lillian Burke

The Language of Selfhood: An Examination of Schizophrenia through Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Postmodernism

External Examiner: Professor Hugh Silverman, Stony Brook University, New York, USA

PhD

2009

Paula Murphy

Marita Ryan

Difference Becomes Us: Understanding Difference in a Multicultural Irish Society

External Examiner: Professor Gerardine Meaney, University College Dublin

PhD

2009

Anne O’Keeffe

Micheal McCarthy

Elaine Vaughan

“Just say something and we can all argue then”: Community and Identity in the Workplace Talk of English Language Teachers

External Examiner: Dr Joan Cutting, University of Edinburgh, UK

PhD

2009

Eugene O’Brien

Lesley-Ann Colgan

Depictions of Female Characters in the Works of Blyton, Nesbit and Rowling

External Examiner: Dr Celia Keenan, Saint Patrick’s College, Dublin City University

PhD

2008

Eugene O’Brien

Maria Beville

A Study of Gothic Postmodernism in Fiction and Film

External Examiner: Professor Tabish Khair, University of Aarhus, Denmark

PhD

2008

Paula Murphy

Kathleen O’Dwyer

The Possibility of Love: An Interdisciplinary Analysis

External Examiner: Professor Dermot Moran, University College Dublin

PhD

2008

Eugene O’Brien

Arthur Bloomfield

A Deconstructive Reading of Maria Edgeworth and the Matter of Ireland

External Examiner: Professor Martin McQuillan, University of Leeds, UK

PhD

2007

Eugene O’Brien

Maeve Tynan

Postcolonial Theory: Ireland and the Caribbean:  Cases in Comparison

External Examiner: Professor Maria Fumagalli  University of Essex

PhD

2006

John McDonagh

Damien Shortt

‘The State of the Nation’: Nation, Gender and Religion in the Work of Dermot Bolger

External Examiner: Dr Gerry Smyth, John Moores University, UK

PhD

2006

Eugene O’Brien

Cathy McGlynn

‘Were Their Differences Similar’ ?  Joyce, Derrida and Deconstruction Avant la Lettre

External Examiner: Dr Scott Brewster, University of Salford, UK

PhD

2006

Anne O’Keeffe

Micheal McCarthy

Bróna Murphy

 

'The Hand of Time': A Corpus-Based Lexico-Grammatical Analysis of the Influence of Age, as a Sociolinguistic Variable, on All-Female Talk

External Examiner: Professor Anna-Brita Stenström, University of Bergen, Norway

PhD

2005

Anne O’Keeffe

Micheal McCarthy

María Palma Fahey

 

A Cross-Cultural Discourse and Pragmatic Analysis of Two Soap Operas “Fair City” and “Amores de Mercado” Compared

External Examiner: Professor Vicente Lopez Folgado, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain

PhD

2005

Gerry Dukes

Eugene O’Brien

Ivana Milivoijevic

The Reflection of James Joyce’s Narrative Art in the Writing of Danilo Kis

External Examiner: Professor Zoran Mulitinovic, School of Slavonic Studies, University of London, UK

PhD

2005

Eugene O’Brien

Paula Murphy

The Post-Millennial Self: Transitory Identities in Contemporary Irish Studies

External Examiner: Professor Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin

PhD

2004

Anne O’Keeffe

Radka Obrtelová

 

The Same and The Other, European and non-European, Western and Eastern: Critical Discourse Analysis of the Conference FORUM 2000

External Examiner: External Examination Committee

PhD

2004

Eugene O’Brien

Eoin Flannery

Fanon’s One Big idea: Ireland and Postcolonial Studies

External Examiner: Professor Luke Gibbons, University of Notre Dame, USA

Research MA 2014 John McDonagh and Eugene O'Brien Fayez Alsane

A Deconstructive Critique of the Writings of Robert Fisk

External Examiner: Dr Damian Shortt, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK

Research MA 2012 Eugene O'Brien Sarah Gleeson Adaptation of English Literature Texts in the Context of the Junior Certificate: A Student-Centred and Theoretical Interrogation

External Examiner: Dr Tony Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway

Research MA 2011

Kathryn Laing

Maureen O'Connor

Briana Walsh

Irish Female Gothic Fiction: A Study of the Fiction of Regina Maria Roche and Sidney Owenson

External Examiner: Dr Elizabeth Tilley, National University of Ireland, Galway

Research

MA

2011

Eugene O’Brien

Mark Corcoran

A study of the treatment of the family within James Joyce’s Dubliners

External Examiner: Dr Eamon Maher, ITT Dublin

Research

MA

2010

John McDonagh

Patrick A. Fleming

A Victorian Modernist? Thomas Hardy and the Nomenclature of Classification

External Examiner: Professor Michael Irwin, University of Kent, UK

Research

MA

2006

Eugene O’Brien

Brigid Wallace

Representation and Resistance: Postcolonial Theory and Modern Arabic Literature

External Examiner: Professor  Rasheed  El-Enany, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK

Research

MA

2005

Eugene O’Brien

Thomas Halloran

A Study of the Development of Irish Identity in the Novels of James Joyce

External Examiner: Professor Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin

Research MA 2005 Gerry Dukes Brian Walsh

Joycean Ciorcumscessions

External Examiner: Professor Kevin Barry, NUIG, Galway

Research

MA

2004

Eugene O’Brien

Grainne Smith-Muldowney

The Novels of William Faulkner as Analysed through Psychoanalytic Theory

External Examiner: Dr Eamon Maher, ITT, Dublin

Research

MA

2003

Eugene O’Brien

Martha Dickinson

The Novels of Thomas Hardy and Social Change in Rural English Society

External Examiner: Dr Peter Denman, NUIM, Maynooth

 

 

 

 

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