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MIC Lecturer Appointed Editor by Oxford University Press

Dr. Eugene O’Brien, Head of English Department, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) was recently appointed as Editor in Chief by Oxford University Press, for the literary theory module in their Oxford Bibliographies Online project.

Oxford Bibliographies, named one of the Top 10 Internet Resources of 2013 by CHOICE Reviews Online, is one of the biggest such projects in the world, being used by thousands of academic librarians, faculty, and key decision makers for collection development and scholarly research.

Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Each bibliography is written by an international expert on the topic, is double refereed, and contains a list of all primary and secondary texts by and on the author. The entries are up to 15,000 words in length, offering synoptic and comprehensive judgments on the critical literature of authors, thinkers and movements in the Field of Literary and Critical Theory. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.

The on-line bibliography includes articles written by over 4,000 scholars from around the globe who, in addition to their contributions to Oxford Bibliographies, are leaders in their fields and are teaching at the top institutions in the world.  Dr. O’Brien is one of those leaders having directed 19 PhD theses on the areas of Irish Studies and Literary and Critical Theory.  He has written 6 books, and edited or co-edited a further 7. His publications include: Seamus Heaney – Creating Irelands of the Mind; Seamus Heaney and the Place of Writing; Seamus Heaney: Searches for Answers and Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse – Negotiating Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies. He has also written the entry for Seamus Heaney in the Oxford Online Bibliography’s British and Irish Literature module.  His latest book, From Prosperity to Austerity: A Socio-Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger and its Aftermath, co-edited with Eamon Maher, will be published later this year by Manchester University Press. He is currently working on an edited book on the Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney with Notre Dame University Press.

Speaking on his appointment as Editor in Chief: Literary and Critical Theory Module Dr. O’Brien said: 

I am delighted to be appointed to this post.  Oxford University Press is a world leader in the area of quality refereed publications on the Internet, and it is exciting to be part of this project. The editors are all international experts in their fields and it is gratifying to be able to direct the work of such esteemed academics in this very worthwhile project.  It will be enjoyable and challenging to play a part in setting out what will become the standard bibliographical reference in the field of Literary and Critical theory, an area that is growing and developing all the time”.

Congratulating Dr. O’Brien on his appointment Prof. Michael Breen, Dean of Arts at MIC said:

Eugene’s appointment is a well-deserved international recognition of his scholarship and erudition. He is another reminder of the strong international reputation that the Faculty of Arts enjoys through its high research output and the level of international engagement by Faculty across a variety of disciplines.”

Dr. O’Brien is currently in the process of setting up the international founding editorial board, which will involve academics from English Departments in Stanford, Oxford, Vancouver Island University, the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth, Vanderbilt University and the American University in Bulgaria among others.

See www.oxfordbibliographies.com for further details.


 Dr. Eugene O'Brien, Head of English Department at MIC

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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