David Clare


Postdoctoral Researcher


Performance, Nation and Globalisation: Modern Irish Drama and its International Contexts

Biography and Contact Details

Dr. David Clare holds a BA in U.S. Social History from Boston University and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from University College Dublin. He recently completed his PhD at University College Dublin with a thesis on "The Stage Englishman in Irish Literature". From January 2010 to May 2012, he taught on the modules "Twentieth-Century Drama", "Victorian to Modern Literature" and "Memory and the Irish Stage" at UCD. During the 2012-13 academic year, he will be teaching the postgraduate module "Theatre and Globalization" at NUI Galway. Dr. Clare has given conference papers and public lectures in Ireland, the U.K., Canada and the United States on, among others, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Maria Edgeworth, Oscar Wilde, Somerville & Ross, Bernard Shaw, C.S. Lewis, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Brian Friel, and Martin McDonagh.

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Research Interests

Contemporary Irish Drama, Irish Diasporic Literature, Eighteenth-Century Irish Literature and Drama, Irish Women's Writing, Irish Protestant Identities, and Twentieth-Century Irish Short Fiction


"C.S. Lewis: An Irish Writer". Irish Studies Review 18.1 (February, 2010): 17-38.

"Bernard Shaw's Irish Characters and the Rise of Reverse Snobbery". In The European Avant-Garde: Text and Image. Eds. Selena Daly and Monica Insinga. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 138-151.

"Buried Histories: Review of Memory Ireland, Vol. 1: History and Modernity (Ed. Oona Frawley)". James Joyce Literary Supplement 26.1 (Spring 2012): 21-22.

"A Belgian Town as Purgatory and an Irish Gangster as Christ in Martin McDonagh's In Bruges". Emerging Perspectives 3.1 (Autumn, 2012).

"Anglo-Irish ‘Distortion': Double-Exposure in Francis Bacon's Portraits and the Liminal Setting in Samuel Beckett's Radio Play The Old Tune". In Samuel Beckett and the ‘State' of Ireland. Eds. Alan Graham, Scott Hamilton and Feargal Whelan). Forthcoming from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.