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English Language & Literature

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Welcome to the Department of English Language and Literature here at Mary Immaculate College. In deciding to study this subject, you are joining a community of teachers, academics, scholars and researchers who are publishing to an international standard in their chosen areas of the discipline. There are a broad range of modules offered at undergraduate level and a variety of programmes available for those interested in pursuing postgraduate study.

Our undergraduate degree teaches the development of the English Language and Literature from the time of Shakespeare to the present, and we teach a range of poems, plays, and novels from representative periods of history. We also offer modules that concentrate on the language of English in some detail, and our use of corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics and the area of applied linguistics in general, allow students to see how words and meaning evolve in the context of normally used words in discourse. 

We also offer modules in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English for Academic Purposes. Students who take the TEFL elective modules receive a formal TEFL qualification.

At postgraduate level, we have graduated 42 PhD students over the last 16 years, and run very successful taught programmes: the Taught MA in Modern English Literature; the Taught MA in Applied Linguistics and a Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics.

We are very research-active and members of staff are widely published in national and international journals and by prestigious academic presses internationally. For further details please consult our Departmental Handbook.

MA in Applied Linguistics at Mary Immaculate College
MA in Applied Linguistics
This flexible programme offers a professional development opportunity for language professionals
Contact
Head of Department
Dr Eugene O'Brien
+353 61 204989

Subject Overview

Undergraduate

See below for a list of modules in the Bachelor of Arts programme in descending order from First Year onwards:

Please note: Students who take the TEFL elective modules receive a formal TEFL qualification.

Please note: EH4728: Romantic Literature in English and EH4727: Interpreting Literature below are elective modules on Bachelor of Education programme.

 

Introduction to the skills needed for responding to poetry, drama and prose fiction with pleasure and insight.

Expansion and deepening of the knowledge of poetry, drama and fiction developed in EH4711.

A study of the emergence of modern drama; innovatory trends and developments in 20th century theatre; Theatre of Realism; Theatre of the Absurd; modern tragicomedy and Irish dramatists.

A study of the development of different aspects of the modernist and postmodernist novel form in the 20th century. Selections from Irish, European and American authors.

The Renaissance: European and English contexts: sixteenth century lyric: metaphysical poetry: shorter poems of John Milton: literature, culture and politics. Critical ideas and principal writers of Augustan literature: influence of historical events and philosophical / scientific developments on literature; neo-classical aesthetic theory: poetry selections from Pope, Swift, Mary Leopold, etc.

The development of Irish poetry and prose, with special focus on the novel from before the Act of Union to the present day; cultural nationalism and romanticism; the retrieval of the Celtic past and the invention of Ireland; poetic and political mythologies and ideologies; the crises of identity and the language question.

In Second Year, BA students have the option of taking two elective modules to enable them to gain knowledge in teaching the English language to non-native speakers.

Students can choose to do their undergraduate dissertation in a topic related to English Language & Literature in consultation with department staff.

An investigation into the nature of the major formal technical innovations in the twentieth century literature through an analysis of some notable primary texts: Modernism and the form of the novel; the gender of Modernism; Modernism and the poetic voice.

The practice of literary criticism and the principal features of literary theory from classical to modern times; the classical debate; renaissance neo-platonism and neo-classicism: the Enlightenment; European romanticism; New Criticism; Structuralism; Marxism; Feminism;  Post-Structuralism and after. Applications of theoretical models to different texts and generic structures.

Drawing on selected texts, attention will be given to a range of the following: drama and society in the 16th and 17th centuries; Shakespeare as an Elizabethan-Jacobean playwright; Shakespeare and tragedy; dynamics of the comic form; presenting the female; patriarchal structures; political Shakespeare; power, ideology and theatrical representations; critical approaches, readings and interpretations of the plays and the formal properties of Shakespeare’s dramatic art.

Selections from the literary and critical works of the principal writers of the Romantic movement e.g. Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Keats, Shelley, etc.

Postgraduate

See below for a list of modules in postgraduate programmes in the Department of English Language and Literature:

MA in English Language and Literature
EH5741: Modernism Texts and Contexts
EH5732: Postcolonial Literature and Theory
EH5721: The Value of Literary and Cultural Theory
EH5712: Poetics and Politics of Irish Identity
EH5742: Modern American Fiction
EH5792: World Literature
EH5761: Research Methodology 1 & 2
EH5751/EH5752: Dissertation
MA in Applied Linguistics
AL7711: Core Features of Language: Grammar, Vocabulary and Phonology
AL7712 Approaches to Language in Context
AL6721: Dissertation
AL7721: Research
AL7721: Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
AL7722: Issues in Applied Linguistics
AL7731: Academic Writing: Lexiogrammar and Discourse
EH5782: Advanced Research Methodology
Elective Options (Choose one from list below):
AL7741: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
AL7751: Second Language Acquisition
AL7761: Classroom and Learner Discourse
AL7771: Introduction to Irish English
Elective Options (Choose one from list below):
AL7732: Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching
AL7742: Phonetics and Phonology
AL7752: Discourse and Pragmatics
AL7762: Analysing Media Discourse

Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics

The doctoral programme in Applied Linguistics, launched in September 2016, is a four-year full-time programme, which includes a combination of taught modules (in Year One of the programme) and individual research, the principal component being the doctoral thesis. The core educational principle of the programme is that it will be research-led and will entail engaging with cutting-edge research across a range of sub-fields of Applied Linguistics. A range of pedagogical strategies will be deployed to promote active research-led learning and scholarship.

Residential summer schools will also be a key component of the programme and will allow students to engage with high profile Applied Linguists and also to present their own research, with the aim of fostering their development as independent researchers.

Staff

Dr Eugene O'Brien


Head of Department & Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 204989
  • Email: Eugene.OBrien@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: G65

Dr Eoin Flannery

BA (NUIG), MA (NUIG) and PhD (MIC)
Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 204386
  • Email: Eoin.Flannery@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: L108

Dr John McDonagh

BA; HDE (NUI); MA and PhD (University of Warwick)
Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 204383
  • Email: John.McDonagh@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: N34

Dr Anne O'Keeffe

B Ed; MA (TESOL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics)
Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 204957
  • Email: Anne.OKeeffe@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: G15

Margaret Healy

BA (UCD) and MA in ELT (UL)
TEFL/TEAL/EAP Course Leader
  • Phone: +353 61 204596
  • Email: Margaret.Healy@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: L103

Dr Kathryn Laing

BA (Hons) (Rhodes University); MPhil (Oxford University) and DPhil (Oxford University)
Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 204562
  • Email: Kathryn.Laing@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: R223

Research

Please see below for a list of journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers from the staff and PhD students in the MIC Department of English Language and Literature from the years 2012-2018.

Select the relevant drop-down item to see a full list.

    • Ní Mhocháin, R. and O’Keeffe, A. (Eds) (2018) Corpus Pragmatics 2(4)
    • O’Keeffe, A. and Ní Mhocháin, R. (2018) “Introduction”. Corpus Pragmatics 2(3): 217-219.
    • Brian Clancy – “Corpora in conflict: Investigating family conflict using a corpus approach” Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict (forthcoming).
    • Jade Dillon – “Examining the Gendered Medium of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Transmedia Entertainment” in special issue ‘As If: Women in Genres of the Fantastic, Cross-Platform Entertainments and Transmedia Engagements’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Volume 33, Issue 3 (forthcoming).
    • Ian Hickey – “Virgilian Hauntings in the Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney” in Estudios Irlandeses, Issue 13 (forthcoming).
    • Jade Dillon - “Curiouser and Curiouser: Deconstructing the Fantastic within Victorian Children’s Fiction” in The British Fantasy Society Journal, 2018, Issue 18.
    • Adele Hannon – “You Know Nothing Jon Snow: Locating the Feminine Voice of Maturity, Motherhood and Marriage in 21st Century Fantasy Fiction” in The British Fantasy Society Journal, 2018, Issue 18.
    • Hollie O’Farrell – “Exploring the Role of the Female Superhero: Tackling the Gender Bias in the Film and Comic Book Industries”, Sibéal e-journal, 2018.
    • Kathryn Laing - ‘Am I a Vorticist?’: Re-Reading Rebecca West’s ‘Indissoluble Matrimony’ in Blast in Philip Coleman et al., eds., Blast at 100: Centenary Essays (Leiden: Brill, 2017)
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Mark, G.) – “The English Grammar Profile of learner competence: Methodology and key findings”, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 2017, 22: 4, 457-489
    • Jade Dillon - “Blessed Are The Meek: Atwood’s Desire for Female Autonomy in The Handmaid’s Tale”, Fantastika Journal, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 2, p.213-216.

    • Adele Hannon – “Rehabilitating One’s Morality, Mentality and Movie: Review of A Cure for Wellness”, Fantastika Journal, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 2, p. 225-258.
    • Paul McNamara – “Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale by Carol Mavor: Review”, Fantastika Journal, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 2, p. 120-123.
    • Hollie O’Farrell - “The Importance of Intersectionality in the Modern Superhero Genre: How 'Power Rangers' (2017) Explores Diversity in Hollywood” Review, Fantastika Journal, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 2, p.203-205.
    • Brian Clancy (& Vaughan, E., M. McCarthy) – “Vague category markers as turn final items in Irish English.” World Englishes, 36(2), 2017, 208-223.
    • Jade Dillon – “The Politics of the Female Body in Louise O’ Neill’s Asking For It” in In(visible) Lines Sibéal Journal, 2017, p.21-31.
    • Jade Dillon - “Cinematic Discourse: Deconstructing Modes of Gender and Time in James Bobin’s Alice Through The Looking Glass” in Fantastika Journal, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 1, p.164-167.
    • Adele Hannon – “A Visit from Our Inner Demons: Review of J. A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls”, Fantastika Journal, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 1, p.211-214.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Sunk past its gleam in the meal bin’: The Kitchen in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 2017.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Jacques Lacan”, Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory, edited by Eugene O’Brien, 2017, New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Eoin Flannery – “‘Listen to the Leaves’: Derek Mahon’s Evolving Ecologies” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts. 57.3, 2016, 377-401.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Ecocriticism,” in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press), Autumn 2016, 419-438.
    • Kathryn Laing - ‘Hannah Lynch and Narratives of the Irish Literary Revival’, New Hibernia Review 20:1 (Spring, 2016).
    • Eoin Flannery - “Crocodiles and Obelisks: the literary afterlife of Roger Casement in the work of Jamie McKendrick and W.G. Sebald,” Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies – Special Issue on Roger Casement 4, 2016.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Desidero ergo sum (I desire therefore I am): Towards a Psychoanalytic Reading of the Advertising of Perfume”, Irish Communications Review, 2016, Volume 15, Issue 1, p. 201-236.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Re-membering the Rising: A Theoretical Reading of the Politics of Memory”, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings Special Easter 1916 Centenary Edition, 2016, Volume 16, Issue 1, p. 3-16.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Ecocriticism,” in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press), Autumn 2015, 134-161.
    • Kathryn Laing - ‘George Moore and F. Mabel Robinson: Paris and the Woman Artist’. In Mary Pierse et al (eds)., George Moore's Paris and his French Ongoing Connections (Bern: Peter Lang, 2015).
    • Eugene O’Brien - “The Subjective Real in William Trevor’s ‘Justina’s Priest’”, The Journal of the Short Story in English, Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle, 2015, Issue 63, p. 195-210.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “An Art that knows its Mind: Prayer, Poetry and Post-Catholic Identity in Seamus Heaney’s ‘Squarings’”, Études Irlandaises, 2015, Volume 39, Issue 2, p.127-143.
    • Kathryn Laing (and F. Binckes) - ‘“Rival attractions of the season”: Land War Fiction, Christmas Annuals, and the Early Writing of Hannah Lynch’ in Heidi Hansson and James H. Murphy (eds), Fictions of the Land War (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).
    • Kathryn Laing - ‘Intellectual Lives and Literary Perspectives: Female Irish Writing at Home and Abroad’ in Knowing their Place? The Intellectual Life of Women in the 19th Century, ed. Brendan Walsh (Dublin: History Press, 2014).
    • Kathryn Laing - ‘On Women, on Art, on Life’: George Moore (1852-1933) and Hannah Lynch (1859-1904) in Maria Elana Jaime de Pablos and Mary Pierse (eds) George Moore and the Quirks of Human Nature (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Visioning in Ireland: Pearse, Prosopopoeia and the Remembering of O’Donovan Rossa and Tone”, The Nordic Journal of Irish Studies, 2014 Volume 13, Issue 1, p.1-9.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Crediting the Poet: What Seamus Heaney Means to Me”, Irish Studies South: The Online Journal of the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies, 2014, Volume 1, Issue 1, p.37-45.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Seamus Heaney”, Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, edited by Andrew Hadfield, 2014, New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Brian Clancy (& Vaughan, E.) ‘Small corpora and pragmatics.’ Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics, 1, 2013, 53-73.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Internationalizing 9/11: Hope and Redemption in Nadeem Aslam’s The Wasted Vigil (2008) and Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin (2009),” English, Volume 62, no. 238, 2013, 294-315.
    • Eoin Flannery - “‘A Land Poisoned’: Eugene McCabe and Irish Postcolonial Gothic,” Literature and History, 22.2, 2013, 91-112.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Ireland and Ecocriticism,” The Journal of Ecocriticism – Special Issue on Ireland 5.2, 2013, 1-8.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Amador Moreno, C. P., McCarthy, M. J.) - “Can English Provide a Framework for Spanish Response Tokens?” The Yearbook of Pragmatics and Corpus Linguistics, 2013, 1(1):175-201
    • Eoin Flannery - “‘The Buried Life’: Ecological Criticism and the ‘Deep’ Past,” Critical Quarterly, 54.4, 2012, 93-109.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Ecology, Memory and Speed in John McGahern’s Memoir,” Irish University Review, 42.2, 2012, 273-97.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Walsh, S.) - “Applying corpus linguistics and conversation analysis in the investigation of small group teaching in higher education”. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 2012, 8(1): 159–181.
    • Dr Anne O'Keeffe is Series Editor of: The Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics Series and The Routledge Corpus Linguistics Guides Series.
    • Farr, F. and O’Keeffe, A. (In press) “Using corpora to analyse language”. In S. Walsh and S. Mann (Eds) Routledge Handbook of English Language Teacher Education London: Routledge.
    • O’Keeffe, A. and Mark, G. (In press) “Grammar”. In D. Knight and S. Adolphs (Eds) Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. London: Routledge.
    • O’Keeffe, A. and McCarthy, M. J. (eds) (forthcoming) The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. 2nd Ed. London: Routledge.
    • O’Keeffe, A., Clancy, B. and Adolphs, S. (forthcoming) Introducing Pragmatics in Use. 2nd Ed. London: Routledge.
    • Jade Dillon – (in preparation/2019) “Reimagining Alice through the Intertextual Realm of Children’s Film” in The Palgrave Handbook of Children’s Film and Television edited by Casie Hermansson and Janet Zepernick, New York: Palgrave-Macmillian.
    • Brian Clancy (& Rühlemann, C.) (in press/2018) “Corpus linguistics and pragmatics” In: N. Norrick and C. Ilie (eds.), Pragmatics and its Interfaces, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    • Kathryn Laing (and Sowon Park) (forthcoming 2018) ‘Writing and Politics: Writing the Vote: Suffrage, Gender, and Politics’ in Vol 2 Futility and Anarchy? British Literature in Transition 1920-1940, eds. Charles Ferrall and Dougal McNeill, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Kathryn Laing (forthcoming 2018) ‘F. Mabel Robinson: the Aesthetics of Sympathy and Texts of Transition’, Victorian into Modern: Suturing the Divide, 1875-1935, eds. Louise Kane and Deborah Mutch, London: Routledge.
    • Kathryn Laing (forthcoming) ‘The Young Rebecca Revisited: 1911-1920’ in Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s­1920s: the Modernist Period, eds. Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Mark, G.) (in press) “The grammars of English’. In P. Seargeant and A. Hewings (Eds) The Routledge Handbook of English Studies. London: Routledge.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Mark, G.) (in press) “Grammar”. In D. Knight and S. Adolphs (Eds) Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. London: Routledge.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - (in press) “Corpus-based function-to-form approaches”. In A. H. Jucker, K. P. Schneider and W. Bublitz (Eds) Methods on Pragmatics.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Amador-Moreno, C. P.) - (in press) He's after getting up a load of wind: a corpus-based exploration of be +after + V-ing constructions in spoken and written corpora. In Villanueva-Romero, Diana, C. P. Amador Moreno and Manuel Sánchez García (eds.) Voice and Discourse in the Irish ContextBasingstoke and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    • Jade Dillon - ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ in The Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, edited by Kevin Morrison, North Carolina: McFarland & Co. Inc., Publishing, 2018.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Ill Fares the Land”: Ecology, Capitalism and Literature in (post-) Celtic Tiger Ireland,” The Postcolonial World David D. Kim and Jyotsna Singh (eds.) Routledge, 2017, 395-411.
    • Eugene O’Brien-  Introduction in Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne, and Beyond, edited by Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017, p. 1-20
    • Eugene O’Brien - ‘“Belief shifts’: Ireland’s referendum and the journey from Gemeinschaft to Gesellschaft’, in Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne, and Beyond, edited by Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017, p. 145-160.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Caines, A., McCarthy, M.J.) - “Spoken language corpora and pedagogic applications”. In F. Farr and L. Murray (Eds) Routledge Handbook of Language Learning and Technology. London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 348 - 361.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Moloney, D.) - “Blended Learning: a case study in language teacher education”. In D. Marsh and M. J. McCarthy (Eds.) The Cambridge Guide to Blended Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
    • Eugene O’Brien - ‘Introduction’ in The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances: The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney, edited by Eugene O’Brien, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016, p. 1-29.
    • Eugene O’Brien - ‘“The Door” Stands Open: Liminal Spaces in the Later Heaney’, in The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances: The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney, edited by Eugene O’Brien, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016, p. 386-411.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Essayist of Place: Postcolonialism and Ecology in the work of Tim Robinson,” Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture, and Environment. Christine Cusick and Derek Gladwin (eds.), Manchester University Press, 2016, 218-236.
    • Brian Clancy – “Hurry up baby son all the boys is finished their breakfast: Examining the use of vocatives as pragmatic markers in Irish Traveller and settled family discourse”, In: C. Amador-Moreno, K. McCafferty and E. Vaughan (eds.), Pragmatic Markers in Irish English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015,  229-247.  
    • Brian Clancy (& M. McCarthy) – “Co-constructed turn-taking” In: K. Aijmer and C. Rühlemann (eds.), Corpus Pragmatics: A Handbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 430-453.
    • Anne O’Keeffe and Brian Clancy - “Pragmatics”. In D. Biber and R. Reppen, (Eds) The Cambridge Handbook on Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 235 – 251.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Vaughan, E) - “Corpus Analysis”. In K. Tracy, C. Ilie and T. Sandel (Eds) The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction, Denver, CO: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015, pp. 252-268.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Cheng, W) - “Vague Language”. In K. Aijmer and C. Ruehlemann (Eds) Corpus Pragmatics: A Handbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp.686-869.
    • Eoin Flannery - “‘Decline and Fall’: Empire, Land and the Twentieth-Century Irish ‘Big House’ Novel,” Ecocriticism of the Global South Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Vidya Sarveswaran (eds.) Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, 161-179.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Internationalizing 9/11: Hope and Redemption in Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin,” Ireland: Arrivals and Departures – Irish Studies in Europe, Scott Brewster and Werner Huber (eds.), 2015, 24-38.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Embracing the Other in Colum McCann’s Zoli (2006),” The Leaving of Ireland: Literature, Migration and Belonging, John Lynch and Katherina Dodou (eds.) Peter Lang, 2015, 165-187.
    • Eugene O’ Brien - ‘“The Golden Calf”’: Irish Crime and the Deconstruction of Irish Society’, in The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film, edited by John Lynch and Katherina Dodou, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015, p. 253-272.
    • Anne O’Keefe (and McCarthy, M.J) - “Spoken Grammar”. In M. Celce-Murcia, D. M. Brinton, & M. A. Snow (Eds) Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed.). Boston, MA: National Geographic/Cengage, 2014, pp. 271 - 287.
    • Eugene O’Brien - ‘“Can excrement be art ... if not, why not?”: Joyce’s Aesthetic Theory and the Flux of Consciousness’, in Eco-Joyce: Space, Place, and
      Environment in the Writings of James Joyce, edited by Derek Gladwin and Rob Brazeau, Cork: Cork University Press, 2014, p. 197-212.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Ship of Fools: The Celtic Tiger and Poetry as Social Critique,” From Prosperity to Austerity: A Socio-Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger and its Aftermath, Eugene O’Brien and Eamon Maher (eds.) Manchester University Press, 2014, 203-217.
    • Eugene O’Brien - ‘Introduction’, with Eamon Maher, in From Prosperity to Austerity: A Socio- Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger, edited Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien, Manchester University Press, 2014, p. 1-18.
    • Eugene O’Brien - ‘“Tendency-Wit”: The Cultural Unconscious of the Celtic Tiger in the Writings of Paul Howard’, in From Prosperity to Austerity: A Socio-Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger, edited Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien, Manchester University Press, 2014, p. 62-75.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Bloomsday and Arthur’s Day – Secular Sacraments as Symbolic and Cultural Capital”, in ‘Tickling the Palate': Gastronomy in Irish Culture, Literature and the Public Imagination, edited by Máirtin Mac Con Iomaire and Eamon Maher, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014, p. 207-225.
    • Margaret Healy (& Onderdonk Horan, K.), ‘Looking at language in hotel management education’ in:  Farr, F. and Moriarty M. (eds) Language, Learning and Teaching:  Irish Research Perspective.  Peter Lang: Bern, 2013.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Guests of a Nation; Geists of a Nation”, reprinted in in Short Story Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers, Gayle Guides to Literary Criticism Series, Volume 17, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, Detroit: Gale, 2013, p. 211-219.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Towards an Irish Republic: Cultural Critique and an Alternative Paradigm”, in Ireland and France: Public Perceptions and Portraits, edited by Ben Keating and Mary Pierce, Oxford: Peter Lang Press, 2013, p. 149-168.
    • Eugene O’Brien - ‘“A Shabby Old Couple”: The Ekphrastic Imperative in the Work of Seamus Heaney’, in The Crossings of Art: Aesthetics and Culture in Ireland, edited by Charles Armstrong, Brynhildur Boyce and Ruben Moi, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013, p. 213-234.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Learning to Thole: The Unconscious Connections between Ireland and Scotland in the Thought of Seamus Heaney”, in Border Crossings, edited by Lauren Clarke and Colin Younger, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2013, p. 270-287.
    • Brian Clancy (& E. Vaughan) – “It’s lunacy now: A corpus-based pragmatic analysis of the use of now in contemporary Irish English” In: B. Migge and M. Ní Chiosáin (eds.), New Perspectives on Irish English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012, 225-246.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Troubles’ Trilogy: Everything in This Country Must,” This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann. Susan Cahill and Eoin Flannery (eds.) Peter Lang, 2012, 57-74.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Introduction: The Fiction of Colum McCann,” co-authored with Susan Cahill. This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann. Susan Cahill and Eoin Flannery (eds.) Peter Lang, 2012, 1-8.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Farr, F.) -  “Using Language Corpora in Language Teacher Education: pedagogic, linguistic and cultural insights”. D. Biber and R. Reppen, (Eds) Corpus Linguistics (Volume 4): Methods and Applications. London: Sage, 2012, 335- 365.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and Clancy, B.) - “Using a corpus to enhance pragmatic awareness”. In M. D. García-Pastor (ed.) Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Proposals for the language classroom. Catarroja, València: Perifèric, 2012, pp. 27-60.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and McCarthy, M.J.) - “Analysing Speech Corpora”. In T. Cobb (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp.104-112.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “Corpora and Media Studies”. In K. Hyland, M. H. Chau and M. Handford (Eds) Corpus Applications in Applied Linguistics. London: Continuum, 2012, pp. 117-131.
    • Anne O’Keeffe (and McCarthy, M.J.) - “Competencies Explored and Exposed: Grammar, Lexis, Communication and the Notion of Levels”. In T. Summer and M. Eisenmann (Eds) Basic Issues in EFL-Teaching and Learning. Heidelberg Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012, pp. 55-67.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “Vocabulary Instruction”. In A. Burns and J. Richards (Eds) The Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 236-245.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Debt, Guilt and Literary Form in (post-) Celtic Tiger Ireland”, Debt in History conference, University of Toronto, 18-19 May 2018.
    • Adele Hannon – “A Monster with Many Faces: Redefining the Gothic Villain in Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights through a Postmodern Lens”, Guest Lecture, Department of English Language and Literature, Mary Immaculate College, March 2018.
    • Ian Hickey – “Virgilian Hauntings in the Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney”, Department of English Language and Literature Postgraduate Seminar, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 13th February 2018.
    • Jade Dillon – “Once Upon a Stereotype… Fairy Tales and Feminist Retellings”, Guest Lecture, Department of English Studies, Durham University, UK, 8th February 2018.
    • Jade Dillon – “Mirror, Mirror: Establishing the Gendered Gaze in Irish Young Adult Fiction”, Guest Lecture, Department of English Studies, Durham University, UK, 7th February 2018.
    • Jade Dillon – “Analysing Children’s Literature through the Theoretical Lens”, Guest Lecture, Department of English Studies, Durham University, UK, 6th February 2018.
    • Adele Hannon – “The Untold Story of the Monster: A Psychoanalytic Look at the Monster through the Anamorphic Lens”, Department of English Language and Literature Postgraduate Seminar, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 1st December 2017.
    • Adele Hannon – “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: A Psychoanalytic Look at the Irish Traveller through the Anamorphic Lens”, Guest Lecture, Institute for Irish Studies Lunchtime Lecture Series, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 28th November 2017.
    • Paul McNamara – “John Steinbeck Working Class Hero?”, Guest Lecture, Nelly’s Café, Limerick, Great Writers: Great Literature Public Lecture Series, Limerick Writers’ Centre, 27th November 2017.
    • Paul McNamara – “Writing Performance Poetry”, Guest Lecture, Creative Writing Department, University of Limerick, 22nd November 2017.
    • Paul McNamara - “Resisting Disability and Normalcy: The Independence of Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time”, Sibéal Gender Studies Network Conference, University College Dublin, 18th November 2017.
    • Hollie O’Farrell – “The Female Body as a Form of Resistance: Deconstructing the Stereotypes of Hyper-sexualization and Femininity in the Comic Book Industry”, Sibéal Network Conference, University College Dublin, 18th November 2017.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “Corpora of Spoken Language: what can they tell us about language learning”, keynote paper presented to the International conference on Bringing together research and practice, Lisbon, Portugal, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Anfiteatro III, 2nd – 3rd November 2017.
    • Brian Clancy – “I flirt by insulting people’: Exploring the creation and performance of intimacy in First Dates (Ireland)’. Language in the Media, Cape Town, October 2017.
    • Jade Dillon – “Voicing Gender: Gender Identity, Ideology, and Intertextuality associated with Victorian Children’s Fiction”, Department of English Language and Literature Postgraduate Seminar, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 26th September 2017.
    • Kathryn Laing – “In the Footsteps of Miss Rosamond Merridew: Lives of the Obscure, Late Nineteenth-Century Irish Women’s Writing and Archives”, The 27th Annual International conference on Virginia Woolf, ‘Virginia Woolf and the World of Books’, University of Reading, 29 June – 2 July 2017.
    • Jade Dillon – “Mirror, Mirror: Establishing the Gendered Gaze in Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours”, Revisiting the Gaze Conference, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK, 28th – 29th June 2017.
    • Paul McNamara – “In Conversation with the Normate Author; Literary Disability Studies”, Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference, Limerick Institute of Technology, 24th May 2017.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at IRMSS 6th Annual Conference (International Research Methods Summer School), Mary Immaculate College, 19-21 May 2017.
    • Eoin Flannery - Invited speaker on “Debt, Guilt and Literary Form in (post-) Celtic Tiger Ireland” Association of Franco-Irish Studies Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, May 2017.
    • Jade Dillon – “The Mirror of Alice: Locating Lacan’s Mirror Stage and the Search for Female Identity in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, Association of Franco-Irish Studies, Conference, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 19th – 20th May 2017.
    • Adele Hannon – “An Anamorphic Look at the Irish ‘Other’ through the Lacanian Lens” 12th Conference of AFIS (Association of Franco‐Irish Studies), Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 19th-20th May 2017.
    • Kathryn Laing – “Girl Revolutionists and the Ladies’ Land League: Forging Literary and Publishing Networks”, The 12th Annual Conference of AFIS (Association of Franco-Irish Studies), Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 19-20 May 2017.
    • Paul McNamara – “How Performance Poetry in Ireland has Surged in Popularity”, Guest Lecture, Mary Immaculate College, Institute for Irish Studies Lunchtime Lecture Series, 10th May 2017.
    • Jade Dillon - “Locating Alice: The Gendered Body of Identity within Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Tim Burton’s adaptation”, Performing Fantastika Interdisciplinary Conference, Lancaster University, UK, 28th – 29th April 2017.
    • Adele Hannon – “Transgression of the Gendered Body in areas of Maturity, Motherhood and Marriage in A Game of Thrones”, Performing Fantastika Interdisciplinary Conference, Lancaster University, UK, 28th- 29th April 2017.
    • Jade Dillon – “Reimagining Alice: Adaptation and Intertextuality of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Popular Culture”, Mum’s The Word: Voicing the Female Experience in Popular Culture Conference, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 9th March 2017.
    • Adele Hannon - You Know Nothing Jon Snow: Voicing the Female Experience in 21st Century Fantasy Fiction”, Mum’s The Word: Voicing the Female Experience in Popular Culture Conference, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 9th March 2017. 
    • Hollie O’Farrell – “The Changing Role of Women in the 'Star Wars' Universe”, Mum's the Word: Voicing the Female Experience in Popular Culture Conference, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 9th March 2017.
    • Paul McNamara – “Expectations and Frustrations; A Mother Dealing with her Son’s Disability in Me Before You by Jojo Moyes”, Mum’s the Word: Voicing the Female Experience in Popular Culture Conference, Mary Immaculate College, 9th March 2017.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at IVACS Annual Symposium, Cardiff University, Wales, 4th March 2017.
    • Paul McNamara – “Perspectives on Inclusion from Research; Helping Children without Disabilities”, Guest Lecture, Education Department, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 21st February 2017.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “Advanced Grammar Competencies: What can an advanced learner do with English grammar?”, keynote paper presented to the 3rd ELT Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 18th – 19th February, 2017.
    • Eoin Flannery - Invited speaker on “Crocodiles and Obelisks: the literary afterlife of Roger Casement in the works of WG Sebald and Jamie McKendrick,” Irish Afterlives symposium, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, 8 September 2016.
    • Brian Clancy – “Intimacy and identity in Irish English: A corpus approach”. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, July 2016.
    • Eoin Flannery - Invited speaker on “Time, Speed and Ecology in John McGahern’s fiction,” St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, 28-29 April 2016.
    • Eoin Flannery - Invited speaker on “‘Listen to the Leaves’: Irony and Commitment in Contemporary Irish Ecopoetry,” Imaginaries of the Future: Politics and Poetics Symposium, Queen’s University, Belfast, 21 January 2016.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “An insight into learner grammar competency across the CEFR using the Cambridge Learner Corpus”, keynote paper presented to the 4th Annual Exams Catalunya ELT Conference, Esada Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain, 19th November, 2016.
    • Paul McNamara – “Representation of Disability in Literature: Past and Present”, Guest Lecture, Waterford Institute of Technology, 30th November 2016.
    • Kathryn Laing (and Faith Binckes (Bath Spa U)) – “Hannah Lynch: Transnational Literary Networks and Vagabondage”, Occluded Narratives: Researching Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1910, Mary Immaculate College, 26 November 2016.
    • Jade Dillon – “The Politics of the Female Body in Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It”, Revolutionary Genders Sibéal Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 18th & 19th November 2016.
    • Hollie O’Farrell – “Revolutionary Female Characters Tackling the Gender Bias in the Comic Book Industry”, Sibéal Network Conference, 18th November 2016.
    • Paul McNamara - ‘Disability and the Female Body; Identity and Representation of the Disabled Female Body in The Girl Without Hands from Grimm’s Fairy tales’, November 18th, National University of Ireland Galway, Sibéal Gender Studies Network Conference, 2016.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Re-membering the Rising: A Theoretical Reading of the Politics of Memory”, Crisis and the Commemoration in Modern Ireland, 1916-2016, 14th October 2016.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “An evolution of learner grammar: insights from the English Grammar Profile”, keynote paper presented to 5th Ministry of Education ELT Malta conference, Malta, 7th-8th October 2016.
    • Jade Dillon – “Deconstructing Minds – A Psychoanalytical Deconstruction of the Brain as a Fantasy Island in Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out”, The European Society for the Studies of English (ESSE) Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 22nd – 26th August 2016.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Stranger than Fiction: Towards a Fictive Understnading of the Celtic Tiger and the Crash”, Plenary papers at the Post-Crash Irish Literature and Culture: Its Emergence and Influence conference, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, 27th May 2016.
    • Margaret Healy - IVACS 8th Biennial International Conference, Bath Spa University, UK, 16-17 June 2016.
    • Kathryn Laing – “Revisiting Scenes of Salvage: Rebecca West’s ‘The Sentinel’ and its Suffrage and Modernist Contexts”, British Comparative Literature Association, Salvage 12-15 July, 2016.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at ELTed Limerick 2016 (English Language Teacher Education & Development), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 7 May 2016.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at TTRA (Travel and Tourism Research Association) European Chapter Annual Conference, Shannon College of Hotel Management, Shannon, 22 April 2016.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at IRAAL 40th Anniversary Conference (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics), Trinity College Dublin, 21 November 2015.
    • Eoin Flannery - Plenary speaker on “Ireland, the Environmental Humanities and the Utopian Impulse,” at Waiting for Utopia: Ireland and the Utopian Impulse conference, University of Caen, France, 20 November, 2015.
    • Brian Clancy – Plenary speaker on “Using spoken corpora to investigate pragmatic variation”, New Trends in Spoken Corpora, Santiago de Compostela, September 2015.
    • Brian Clancy – “Small words, big ideas: A corpus-based investigation of the use of that as a marker of empathetic deixis”. 14th International Pragmatics conference, Antwerp, July 2015.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “The EFL Grammar Syllabus and Learner Grammar Competence”. Keynote paper at the MATSDA Creating Motivation with L2 Materials, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, June 20th-21st, 2015.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at THRIC (Tourism & Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference) Annual Conference, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, 11th June 2015.
    • Brian Clancy – “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end (Seneca): Turn-final items in Irish English”. New Perspectives in Irish English 3, Limerick, June 2015.
    • Eoin Flannery - “‘Ill Fares the Land’: Ecology, Capitalism and Literature in (post-) Celtic Tiger Ireland”, European Federation of Irish Studies conference, University of Palermo, Sicily, 5 June 2015.
    • Eoin Flannery - “New Generation, New Environments in Contemporary Irish Poetry,” New Generation to Next Generation 2014: Three Decades of British and Irish Poetry, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 13-14 March 2015.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Profit and Loss: The Ecologies of post-Celtic Tiger Irish Poetry,” The Literature of Loss conference, University of Limerick, Ireland, 20 February 2015.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “The Door Stands Open: Heaney and the Poetry of Loss”, Plenary paper at The Literature of Loss conference, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 20th February 2015.
    • Brian Clancy (& Vaughan, E) – “There is a there there: Further adventures in deictic marking in Irish English”. IVACS Annual Symposium, Limerick, February 2015.
    • Kathryn Laing – “Making it New: George Moore, F. Mabel Robinson and the Aesthetics of Sympathy”, Making it New: Victorian and Modernist Literature, 1875-1935, De Montfort University, 2 February 2015.
    • Kathryn Laing – ‘“I am an unexplained enigma.  I live alone.  I follow art’: Textual Traces, Literary Recoveries and the Irish writer, Hannah Lynch (1859-1904)” Invited Paper, Oxford Centre for Life-Writing seminar: ‘Reclamations: Writing on the Lives of Shirley Hazzard and Hannah Lynch’. Wolfson College, Oxford, 27 November 2014.
    • Brian Clancy (& Vaughan, E) – “The devil is in the detail: Using corpora to investigate spoken language varieties”. American Association for Corpus Linguistics, Flagstaff, AZ, September 2014.
    • Kathryn Laing – “Creative Destruction: Blast and Rebecca West's 'Indissoluble Matrimony'”, Blast 2014: Interdisciplinary Conference, Bath Spa University, 24 -26 July, 2014
    • Kathryn Laing – “Am I a Vorticist: Rereading Rebecca West’s ‘Indissoluble Matrimony’”, Invited Paper, Blast at 100 Symposium at Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 2014
    • Brian Clancy (& Vaughan, E.) – “Community and identity in language: Small words, big ideas”. Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, Jyväskylä, Finland, June 2014.
    • Brian Clancy (& Vaughan, E.) “Communities of (mal)practice: Exploring the interface of corpus linguistics and social theory”, 7th IVACS International Conference, Newcastle, June 2014.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at IVACS 7th International Conference, Newcastle University, UK, 19-21 June 2014.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Listen to the Leaves: The Global Climate Crisis in the poetry of Derek Mahon,” at the Ireland and Ecocriticism conference, University College Cork, Ireland, 19-21 June 2014.
    • Kathryn Laing – “George Moore and Mabel Robinson: Women, Art, Writing and Sympathy”, Latitudes: Irish Studies in an international context, American and Canadian Conferences of Irish Studies, University College Dublin, Dublin 11-14 June 2014.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “Investigating Learner Grammar Standards using Corpus Linguistics’”. Keynote paper read at the One-Day Symposium on English Language Use in Malta: Standards and Creativity, University of Malta, Malta, 8th May, 2014.
    • Eoin Flannery - Public interview with poet Jamie McKendrick at the Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival, 28 February 2014.
    • Eoin Flannery - Invited speaker on “Poetry and Justice: Art, Politics and the afterlife of Roger Casement in modern and contemporary writing,” at the Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival, 25 February 2014.
    • Margaret Healy - IVACS Annual Symposium, Queen’s University, Belfast, 23rd January 2014.
    • Eoin Flannery - “Crocodiles and Obelisks: the literary afterlife of Roger Casement in the works of WG Sebald and Jamie McKendrick,” Roger Casement: The Global Imperative conference, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Tralee, Ireland, 25-26 October, 2013.
    • Brian Clancy - ‘What’s in a name?’ 3rd Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland, Limerick, September 2013.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “The Limerick Corpus of Irish English: what is it and what does it tell us about Irish English?”. Plenary paper read at the 12th International AEDEI Conference on Voice and Discourse in the Irish context, University of Extremadura, Spain, 30th May – 1st June, 2013.
    • Eoin Flannery - Plenary speaker on “The Ecologies of Contemporary Irish Poetry”, Shifting Territories: Modern and Contemporary Poetics of Place conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 23 May 2013.
    • Clancy B (and E. Vaughan) “We can check it in the corpus shur: Framing the use of corpus and corpus methodologies through an investigation of the pragmatic marker shur in Irish English”. New Perspectives in Irish English 2, Dublin, April 2013.
    • Clancy, B (& M. McCarthy) - “Utterance co-construction: The evidence of corpora”. IVACS Annual Symposium, Limerick, January 2013.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at IVACS Annual Symposium, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 17 January 2013.
    • Eoin Flannery - Plenary speaker on “Playing the Scales: Humanity, Non-Humanity and Ecocriticism”, Mapping the Self conference, Oxford Brookes University, 15 December 2012.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “The Cambridge Learner Corpus and what it tells us about the grammar of Spanish-speaking learners”. Keynote paper to mark the 70th anniversary of the Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá, Columbia, 20th September 2012.
    • Eoin Flannery - Plenary speaker on “Ireland, Postcolonialism and the European Union”, In and Out of (Postcolonial) Europe: Portugal and Ireland conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, 5 July 2012.
    • Brian Clancy (& J. Binchy) - “The question of questions: Exploring questions in one-to-one academic support tutorials” 6th International IVACS Conference, Leeds, June 2012.
    • Margaret Healy – Paper given at IVACS 6th International Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, 21-22 June 2012.
    • Anne O’Keeffe - “The Application of Corpus Linguistics”. Plenary paper at the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME) Conference, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 30th May - 3rd June 2012.
    • Eugene O’Brien – “Moriary, Mahon and the Messianic – A Deconstructive Reading of the Mentalitée of the Irish Republic”, Plenary speaker at the France, Ireland and the Public Imagination, 8th Annual Conference of the Association of Franco-Irish Studies conference, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 25th May 2012.
    • Brian Clancy (& Vaughan, E.) – “It’s lunacy now: A corpus-based pragmatic analysis of the use of now in contemporary Irish English”. 1st Discourse and Pragmatic Variation Conference, Manchester, April 2012.
    • Brian Clancy – “Small words, big ideas: A corpus-based investigation of emphatic that in the Limerick Corpus of Irish English”, IVACS Annual Symposium, Cambridge, January 2012.
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