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Visit the School of English & Creative Arts website to see details of some of our most recent publications.
Some older publications are listed below:
Reid, Lindsay Ann (2017) ‘To the Tune of “Queen Dido”: The Spectropoetics of Early Modern English Balladry’
In Singing Death: Reflections on Music and Mortality (Routledge, 2017). Dr Reid's essay examines the mythological and musical associations generated
by a popular ballad about Aeneas and Dido as it circulated in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.
Reid, Lindsay Ann (2017) 'Unsoiled Soil and “Fleshly Slime”: Representing Reproduction in Spenser’s Legend of Chastity'
In: Ground-Work: English Renaissance Literature and Soil Science. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.
Reid, Lindsay Ann (2016) 'Oenone and Colin Clout' 'Oenone and Colin Clout'. Translation and Literature, 25 (3).
The article examines playwright George Peele’s adoption of Edmund Spenser’s character, Colin Clout, for his drama, The Araygnement of Paris.
This appropriation, Dr Reid argues, testifies to a timely recognition of Ovidian pastoral precedents by early readers of Spenser’s Shepheardes Calender. http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/full/10.3366/tal.2016.0260
Gunne, Sorcha (Dec, 2016) “Prison and Political Struggle in Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter,” Journal of Southern African Studies.
Special Issue on Nadine Gordimer, December 2016. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057070.2016.1255008
Gunne, Sorcha (2016) 'Reading Irish ‘Chick Lit’ as World Literature' In: Globalizing Literary Genres. London/New York: Routledge.
In this chapter, Dr Sorcha Gunne explores what it means to read women’s commercial fiction—popularly known as “chick lit”—as world-literature.
She focuses on the rise to prominence of the Irish brand of “chick lit” and explores the relationship between Irish "chick lit" and the socio-historic
and economic constellations of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Ireland
2016: UCD Press have announced the publication of 'Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922', edited by Tina O'Toole, Gillian McIntosh & Muireann O’Cinnéide.
The collection is the outcome of a collaborative international project on women’s writing and conflict funded and supported by the UL-NUIG Gender ARC. Including an
essay by Dr O’Cinnéide, the volume spans the Land Wars to the Boer Wars, from the First World War to the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War,
to explore the relationship between women and conflict.
VACANCY : Writer-in-Residence
The Arts Council and NUI Galway invite applications for Writer in Residence for the calendar year 2021.
The Writer in Residence scheme was established to provide a stimulating university environment for the resident artist and afford them a degree of financial support to concentrate on their own practice. The residency brings energy and dynamism to the university, and allows students and faculty to engage with a practicing artist for a concentrated period.
The Writer in Residence will be engaged for the calendar year 2021 and will be situated in the Creative Writing programmes in the School of English and Creative Arts at NUI Galway, with the opportunity to engage with the wider campus.
Applications will be accepted by email only to: email@example.com by 5.30 pm on Thursday, 29 October 2020. Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
IRC New Foundations Grant
Dr Justin Tonra has been awarded an Irish Research Council New Foundations grant for his project Poetry Machines: Technologies of Poetic Composition. New Foundations supports researchers to pursue research, networking and dissemination activities within and between all disciplines. It provides seed funding for small-scale research actions; the development of networks, consortia and workshops; and creative approaches to the communication of scientific concepts or complex societal challenges for a lay audience. Dr Tonra’s award was one of thirteen funded under the STEAM strand, which aims to bring science and art, design and the humanities together to work on new ways of communicating scientific concepts and complex societal challenges for a lay audience.
Project summary: Poetry has a long and fascinating relationship with technology that bridges the apparent gap between the humanities and sciences. The printing press, the typewriter, and the tape recorder have each offered radical new formal possibilities to poets, while the digital age has yielded computational methods for generating verse that challenge our basic understandings of the creative process. Poetry Machines is a project which will survey the long history of poetry machines, and communicate the neglected story of how the precepts of science, engineering, and mathematics, have been used to make and shape poetry.
In association with the Arts Council, NUI Galway is pleased to announce Mr Arnold Thomas Fanning as incoming Writer-in-Residence for 2020.
Arnold’s short stories, articles, and essays have been published in The Dublin Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Crazyhorse Magazine, Hot Press, The Phoenix Anthology of New Irish Writing, gorse, Longreads.com, Paper Visual Art Journal Online, The Lonely Crowd, The Stinging Fly, and Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision. His work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1, including for Arena and A Living Word. Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery, his first book, was published by Penguin Ireland in 2018 and shortlisted for the Butler Literary Award, The Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, and the Wellcome Book Prize 2019. During his time as Writer in Residence in NUI Galway Arnold will be working on his first collection of fiction, while focusing on the areas of Non-Fiction, Memoir, and Life Writing in his teaching practice.
While at NUI Galway, Arnold will be teaching classes at undergraduate and postgraduate level on our BA Connect with Writing and our MA in Writing programmes.
Research into the social network structures of Ossian
Dr Justin Tonra’s research into the social network structures of Ossian is now a short film! https://youtu.be/TUUeETqGMlE
Working with collaborators at Coventry and Oxford Universities, Dr Tonra’s research demonstrated that the underlying network structures of James Macpherson’s Ossian poems are less similar to the Homeric epics (a parallel which Macpherson attempted to emphasise) than to the literature of the Irish Fenian Cycle (whose influence Macpherson disavowed).
Read the original research at https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0219525916500089 [subscription]; https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00142 [open access].
Galway University Foundation/Ros Dixon Fellowship Seminar
Dr Stefan Aquilina, 2019 Galway University Foundation/Dr Ros Dixon Fellow, will give a talk on Modern Theatre in Russia: Research Methodologies on 11th September at 5pm in O’Donoghue Theatre, Centre for Theatre and Performance, NUIG.
Dr Stefan Aquilina is Director of Research and Internationalisation of the School of Performing Arts and Theatre Studies Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. His research focuses on modern theatre, especially Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, but has wider interest in the transmission of embodied practice, amateur theatre, devised performance, and reflective teaching. Aquilina’s publications include Stanislavsky in the World (coedited with Jonathan Pitches, Bloomsbury), Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts (coedited with Malaika Sarco-Thomas, University Malta Press), and numerous essays in journals like Studies in Theatre and Performance, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training; Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre History Studies, and Theatre Studies International. His forthcoming monograph, which comes out in 2020 on Bloomsbury, tackles Russian modernism from the point of view of cultural transmission. Aquilina is also the director of the practice-based project Cultural Transmission of Actor Training Techniques (www.ctatt.org).
EverVerse Conceptual Poetry Project
February 2019 sees the launch of EverVerse, a new conceptual poetry project led by Dr Justin Tonra. Using biometric data continuously gathered from a device worn by Dr Tonra, the project will generate poetry that responds to changes in his heart and sleep data in real-time, and 24/7, for the next year. View the yearlong progress of the poem at http://eververse.nuigalway.ie/
The project is a collaboration by researchers from NUI Galway, the Moore Institute, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and Maynooth University, and is funded by a grant from the European Association for Digital Humanities.
GUF Ros Dixon Visiting Research Fellowship
Galway University Foundation Ros Dixon Visiting Research Fellowship
Applications are invited from researchers in the fields of Russian literature, Drama and Performance, and Theatre Studies, for the inaugural Galway University Foundation Ros Dixon Visiting Research Fellowship. This award is endowed in the honour of the late Dr. Ros Dixon, who specialised in Russian drama, and whose collection is housed in the Hardiman Library. The catalogue for the Ros Dixon Library of Drama and Theatre History and Performance, housed in Special Collections, may be consulted at http://library.nuigalway.ie/, using ‘Ros Dixon former owner’ as the search term.
The fellowship, up to the amount of €3,000, is for a maximum duration of 4 weeks. Applicants must be engaged in research in one of the designated fields – Russian literature, Russian literature in translation, Drama and Performance, Theatre Studies – and may be graduate students, early career researchers, or established scholars. The Fellow will be housed at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies.
See http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/humanities/disciplines-centres/english/research/#tab2 for further details and application form.
Closing date for applications is 15 March 2019.
Sylvia O'Brien Prize
A prize of €700 each will be awarded to two writers, who must be current students or recent graduates of NUI Galway's MA in Writing, MA in Literature and Publishing, or MA in English.
Applicants must be within two years of graduation and have had work published or been accepted for publication (relevant information should be provided in the submission email).
Please send a sample of work (max. 5000 words) and a brief proposal of how you would use the prize to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for submissions is 3 September 2018, 5pm.
International Dublin Literary Award
Congratulations to Mike McCormack whose book 'Solar Bones' has won yet another prestigious prize – the International Dublin Literary Award.
The judges praised 'Solar Bones' as 'formally ambitious, stylistically dauntless and linguistically spirited...a novel of extraordinary assurance and scope'
National Student Media Awards 2018
The QS World University Rankings by Subject
English at NUI Galway is rated in the top 101-150 internationally, for the second year running, by The QS World University Rankings 2018.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world’s top universities in individual subject areas. The rankings aim to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools in their chosen field.
See https://www.topuniversities.com/…/english-language-literatu… for details
William T. Buice III Scholarship
Irish Book Awards 2017
Irish Book Awards 2017
Congratulations to MA in Writing (2003-04) graduate Tricia McAdoo, whose piece "In the Event of an Emergency" has been shortlisted in the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year category of the Irish Book Awards 2017.
Also shortlised (in the RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award 2017 section) is "Ithaca", a novel by graduate Alan McMonagle (MA in Writing, 2006-07).
Best of luck to both!
Oireachtas Literary Competitions 2017
Meadhbh's new novel for Young Adults, Faye, will be launched in Killarney on Saturday, 4th November, as part of Oireachtas na Samhna.
Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016
The novel is McCormack's third, following Crowe's Requiem and Notes from a Coma, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award in 2006. He has also published two collections of short stories, Getting It In the Head, winner of the Rooney Prize in 1996, and Forensic Songs.
NUIG English graduate Lisa Coen is one half of Tramp Press, the independent publisher that worked with Mike McCormack. A great achievement for all concerned!
Goldsmiths Prize 2016
Huge congratulations to Mike McCormack, lecturer in Creative Writing, whose novel 'Solar Bones' has just won the prestigious Goldsmiths Prize.
McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day. Prof. Blake Morrison praised the novel's prose as "lyrical yet firmly rooted. Its subject may be an ordinary working life but it is itself an extraordinary work”.
The Goldsmiths Prize was launched in 2013 with the goal of celebrating the spirit of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form http://www.gold.ac.uk/goldsmiths-prize/
The prize celebrates fiction that extends the possibilities of the novel form and previous winners include Kevin Barry and Eimear McBride.
James Macpherson’s Ossian poems
Tiger Raid tells the story of two mercenaries on a high risk mission in the middle east to kidnap the daughter of a rich businessman. As the raid progresses the pairs relationship starts to unravel leading to explosive consequences.
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Teaching and research are both central to the role of academic staff, and excellence in teaching and in creative and scholarly work go hand in hand. The President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise the outstanding efforts of teaching staff to ensure NUI Galway students receive the highest quality learning experience.
The Discipline of English has an excellent track record of engaged and innovative teaching: 4 staff have been awarded President's Teaching Awards since 2005 (of a total of 50 awards across the University):
Dr Ros Dixon: 2007
Dr Frances McCormack: 2010
Dr Rebecca Barr: 2013
Dr Muireann O'Cinneide: 2015
Research on 19th Century Periodicals
The Discipline of English at NUIG is delighted to see so many past students in the news as recipients of major research awards.
The following researchers join Dr Elizabeth Tilley as winners of prizes and grants from the international Research Society for Victorian Periodicals:
Rosemary VanArsdel Prize for best graduate student essay on Victorian Periodicals 2013 and Curran Fellowship 2016: Paul Rooney (BA, PhD, NUIG 2014)
Dr Rooney is currently Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College.
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant 2016: Francesca Benatti (PhD, NUIG 2003) and David King, for “A question of style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-20”
Dr Benatti is currently Research Associate in Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts, The Open University.
See http://rs4vp.org/news/ for details.
The Colby Book Prize, for the best book on Victorian Periodicals published in 2013 : Fionnuala Dillane (BA, MA, NUIG 1998), for Before George Eliot: M...arian Evans and the Periodical Press (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Dr Dillane is currently Lecturer in English at UCD.
Adam Matthew Digital Essay Prize
PhD student, Carmel Lambert, has won the first Adam Matthew Digital Essay Prize for her essay ”The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here’: Writing American Identity in Liberia, 1830-1850'. The prize is awarded by the Irish Association of American Studies.
Carmel is the recipient of a Galway Doctoral Scholarship and is supervised by Dr Muireann O'Cinneide. Her Phd thesis is titled 'Inventing Liberia: Imagining and Representing Colony and Nation in American, Liberian and European Writing From 1820-1940'.
For more information see http://iaas.ie/news/the-winner-of-the-adam-matthew-digital-essay-prize/
Millennium Fund Awards
Dr Lindsay A Reid has received two Millennium Fund Awards to pursue her research, including attendance at the upcoming conference on 'Epistolary Cultures' in York in March of 2016, where she will be presenting a conference paper on George Turberville's Epitaphes, Epigrams, Songs and Sonets of 1567.
Dr Victoria Brownlee has received a Millennium Fund Award to pursue research relating to her project ‘Hearts, Babes, and Bowels: the Body and Spiritual Experience in Early Modern England’.
Dr Brownlee will be traveling to the USA for a conference, and to the UK for archival research.
European Research Council Project
RECIRC is a project researching the impact made by women writers and their works in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and runs from 2014 to 2019.
Find out more at www.recirc.nuigalway.ie
RIA Charlemont Grant
This project examines the literary attributes of early modern English 'posy rings', the inner bands of which were often engraved with self-referential messages of love and devotion. Dr Reid will be travelling to both London and Oxford in the UK to consult historical ring collections held by three museums.
IRC New Foundations Scheme 2016
Dr Elizabeth Tilley has received funding under the IRC New Foundations Scheme 2016 for "Nineteenth-Century Trade Periodicals: Transnational Perspectives", an interdisciplinary project that traces the transnational nature of labour as reflected in print culture in the nineteenth century. The project will examine a selection of trade periodicals produced in Ireland and England from about 1845-1880 to provide a mappable record of the concerns of 'labour' in the widest sense and its cultural ramifications. Outputs include a symposium on the subject at NUIG, a descriptive database that tracks significant titles in Ireland and Britain, and an edited volume of essays.
Investigators are Dr Elizabeth Tilley, School of Humanities (English), NUIG, and Professor Andrew King, Professor of English Literature and Literary Studies at the University of Greenwich.