Dr. Sinead Mooney

DAH Supervisor

Sinéad Mooney is a graduate of University College Cork (BA, MA) and the University of Oxford (DPhil). She teaches undergraduate courses in women's writing, the work of Samuel Beckett, modernism and twentieth-century literature,, and a postgraduate course in twentieth-century Irish women's writing. Her main research interests include Beckett, modernism, women's writing, and contemporary literature, and she is interested in hearing from potential doctoral students in these areas. She has supervised doctoral theses on ‘The Poetics of Place in the Work of Paul Muldoon' and ‘Representations of Maternity in Contemporary Irish Women's Poetry', and is currently supervising a thesis on Beckett and Mauthner. Her study of Beckett, translation and self-translation, A Tongue Not Mine: Beckett and Translation (Oxford University Press, 2011), was completed on leave funded by a research fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2008/9). She is currently working on essays on Mary Lavin and Maeve Brennan, and on a book project on Irish women's modernism.


A Tongue Not Mine: Beckett and Translation. (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Samuel Beckett. Writers and Their Work series. (Plymouth: Northcote House, 2006).

Edited Collections:

Edna O'Brien: New Critical Perspectives. Co-edited with Kathryn Laing and Maureen O'Connor. (Dublin: Carysfort, 2006).

Selected Journal Articles:

‘"Others' words": Traces of Translation in Beckett's Trilogy.' The Beckett Circle vol 30 no 1 (Spring 2007): 35-42.

‘"Unstable compounds": Bowen's Beckettian Affinities.' Modern Fiction Studies 53.2 (Summer 2007): 238-256.

‘"Kicking Against the Thermolaters": Beckett Reading Irish Poetry.' Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 15 (2005): 30-42.

‘A Roving Cancellation: Self-Translation as Self-Divestiture.' Journal of Beckett Studies 10 (2002): 222-234.

‘"An Atropos all in black", or Ill Seen Worse Translated.' Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 12 (2002): 163-177.

‘"Integrity in a surplice": Samuel Beckett's (post-) Protestant Poetics.' Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 9 (2000): 223-239.

Selected Contributions to edited volumes:

‘Beckett in French and English.' Blackwell Companion to Samuel Beckett, ed SE Gontarski. (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2009), 196-208.

‘Ghost Writer: Beckett and Irish Gothic." Beckett and Ireland, ed Seán Kennedy. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 131-149.

‘"Unstable compounds": Bowen's Beckettian Affinities.' Elizabeth Bowen: New Critical Perspectives, ed Susan Osborn. (Cork: Cork University Press, 2009), 13-33. Expanded version of Modern Fiction Studies essay (see above).

"Elizabeth Bowen and the Modern Ghost." Elizabeth Bowen, ed Eibhear Walshe. Irish Writers and Their Time. (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2008), 77-94.

‘"I, say I": Beckett, Ventriloquism, Translation.' Beckett - Screens of Silence; Beckett - Écrans de silence, eds, Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Véronique Simon. (Np: Compostela Group of Universities/Marysak University Press, 2008), 107-129.

"Edna O'Brien, ‘A Rose in the Heart of New York.'" A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story in English, eds David Malcolm and Cheryl Alexander. (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2008), 431-439.

"Dark, established currents: Molly Keane's Gothic.' Molly Keane: Centenary Essays, eds Eibhear Walshe and Gwenda Young. Four Courts Press, 2006 pp195-211.

"Sacramental sleeves: Fashioning the Female Subject in the Fiction of Edna O'Brien.' Edna O'Brien: New Critical Perspectives, eds Kathryn Laing, Sinéad Mooney, Maureen O'Connor. (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2006), 196-218.


She is on the editorial board of the journal Contemporary Women's Writing (Oxford University Press), and co-leads the ‘Gender, Discourse, Identities' cluster of Gender ARC (Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society):

Research awards include a fellowship from the IRCHSS (2008/9) and a MARBL award from Emory University Archive (2011-12).