Frances McCormack

Lecturer Above The Bar PHD, MA, BA

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
College of Arts, Social Sciences
Tower 1, Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 5348
E: frances.mccormack@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Frances McCormack read for her BA degree in English and Theology in Maynooth from 1997-2000, and she completed her MA at UCD in 2001.  She moved to Trinity College Dublin to pursue a PhD, where she received a Government of Ireland Scholarship from the IRCHSS for the duration of her studies.  After completing her PhD in 2003, she took a position as Faculty of Arts Fellow in UCD, and moved to NUIG in 2004. 

Frances also holds a Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, a Diploma in Spanish, and an MA in Academic Practice from NUI Galway.  In 2010, she won the President's Award for Teaching Excellence from NUI Galway, and in 2011, the National Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She is currently Vice-Dean of Learning and Assessment in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

Among her teaching interests are the following: 
Old English Literature
Chaucer
Old English Language
Middle English Literature
Graham Greene
Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Poetry and Poetics

Research Interests

  • Old English literature
  • Chaucer
  • Lollardy
  • Middle English religious literature
  • Modernist religious literature
  • Graham Greene
  • Historical linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Literary language
  • Higher Education Pedagogy

Books

  Year Publication
(2007) Chaucer and the Culture of Dissent: The Lollard Context and Subtext of the Parson's Tale.
McCormack, F. (2007) Chaucer and the Culture of Dissent: The Lollard Context and Subtext of the Parson's Tale. : Four Courts Press Dublin. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) ''Those bloody trees: the Affectivity of Christ''
Frances McCormack (2015) ''Those bloody trees: the Affectivity of Christ'' In: Anglo-Saxon Emotions. Surrey: Ashgate. [Details]
(2015) 'And Like the Sea, God was Silent: Multivalent Sea Imagery'
Frances McCormack (2015) 'And Like the Sea, God was Silent: Multivalent Sea Imagery' In: Approaching Silence: New Perspectives on Shusaku Endo's Classic Novel. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
(2013) ''By Mouth of Innocentz: Rhetoric and Relic in the Prioress's Tale'
Frances McCormack (2013) ''By Mouth of Innocentz: Rhetoric and Relic in the Prioress's Tale' In: Chaucer's Poetry: Words, Authority, and Ethics. Dublin: Four Courts. [Details]
(2012) ''The Old Ways and the New: The Heterodoxy of Sir John Clanvowe's _The Two Ways_''
Frances McCormack (2012) ''The Old Ways and the New: The Heterodoxy of Sir John Clanvowe's _The Two Ways_'' In: The Two Ways: A Festschrift in Honour of John Scattergood. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2011) ''The Later Greene: From Modernist to Moralist''
Frances McCormack (2011) ''The Later Greene: From Modernist to Moralist'' In: Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene: Journeys with Saints and Sinners. New York: Continuum. [Details]
(2010) ''Chaucer and Lollardy''
Frances McCormack (2010) ''Chaucer and Lollardy'' In: Chaucer and Religion. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer. [Details]
(2010) ''Why sholde I sowen draf out of my fest?: Chaucer and the False Prophet Motif''
Frances McCormack (2010) ''Why sholde I sowen draf out of my fest?: Chaucer and the False Prophet Motif'' In: Heresy and Orthodoxy in Early English Literature: 1350-1680. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2007) ''Reading God: Visions and Revisions in Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love''
Frances McCormack (2007) ''Reading God: Visions and Revisions in Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love'' In: Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2015)
Johanna Greene and Frances McCormack (Ed.). (2015) The Exeter Book. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
(2014)
Alice Jorgensen, Frances McCormack, Jonathan Wilcox (Ed.). (2014) Anglo-Saxon Emotions. Surrey: Ashgate. [Details]
(2013)
Clíodhna Carney and Frances McCormack (Ed.). (2013) Chaucer's Poetry: Words, Authority and Ethics. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2013) ''Nothing but a Regret: Compunction in the Catholic Novels of Graham Greene''
Frances McCormack (2013) ''Nothing but a Regret: Compunction in the Catholic Novels of Graham Greene'' In preparation, . [Details]
(2013) ''Memory Cheats: Deception, Recollection and the Problem of Reading in Graham Greene's _The Captain and the Enemy_''
Frances McCormack (2013) ''Memory Cheats: Deception, Recollection and the Problem of Reading in Graham Greene's _The Captain and the Enemy_'' In preparation, . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2014) Chaucer at Galway 2,
Paul Strohm, Piero Boitani, Rod Stoneman, John Scattergood, Darragh Greene, Huiyi Bao, Catherine Emerson, JENNIFER ALBERGHINI , David Clare, Francisco Rosano-Garcia, Clíodhna Carney, Niamh Pattwell, Malte Urban, David Clare, OYA BAYILTMIŞ ÖĞÜTCÜ, Sarah Nangle, Simmone Berry, Brendan O'Connell, Frances McCormack, (2014) An international, two-day conference on the poet Geoffrey Chaucer and Realism. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Chaucer at Galway 2, Moore Institute, NUIG , 25-JUN-14 - 26-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013) The Condemned Playground: Aldous Huxley and His Contemporaries,
Frances McCormack (2013) A conference on Huxley and Modernists at Oxford. [Invited Paper], The Condemned Playground: Aldous Huxley and His Contemporaries, Balliol College, Oxford , 01-SEP-13 - 04-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013) Graham Greene International Festival 2013,
Frances McCormack (2013) Festival for fans and scholars of Graham Greene. [Invited Paper], Graham Greene International Festival 2013, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire , 25-SEP-13 - 29-SEP-13. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2010) ‘Blessed are those who mourn: Compunction and Shame in Old English Literature’, delivered at the IMC, Leeds, 2010.
Frances McCormack (2010) ‘Blessed are those who mourn: Compunction and Shame in Old English Literature’, delivered at the IMC, Leeds, 2010. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) 'Scatology or Eschtology? The Prioress’s Fake Relic’, delivered at Chaucer in Galway, 2010.
McCormack, F. (2010) 'Scatology or Eschtology? The Prioress’s Fake Relic’, delivered at Chaucer in Galway, 2010. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) 'Bloody Tears: Compunction and the Christ Poems'. LOMERS: 'Studies in the Exeter Book'.
Kennedy, R., Neville J. (2009) 'Bloody Tears: Compunction and the Christ Poems'. LOMERS: 'Studies in the Exeter Book'. University of London: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) 'Why sholde I sowen draf out of my fest?': Chaucer's Parson and the false-prophet motif. Literature and Heresy.
McCormack, F. (2007) 'Why sholde I sowen draf out of my fest?': Chaucer's Parson and the false-prophet motif. Literature and Heresy. Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) 'The Old Ways and The New: The Heterodoxy of John Clanvowe's The Two Ways'. Age and Youth in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature.
Frances McCormack (2006) 'The Old Ways and The New: The Heterodoxy of John Clanvowe's The Two Ways'. Age and Youth in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature. Conference Paper [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Memory Cheats: Deception, Recollection, and the Problem of Reading in _The Captain and the Enemy_.'.
Frances McCormack (2013) 'Memory Cheats: Deception, Recollection, and the Problem of Reading in _The Captain and the Enemy_.'. Graham Greene International Festival, 2013: Invited Lectures [Details]
(2012) 'Those Bloody Trees: Compunction in the Christ Poems': Keynote Speech.
Frances McCormack (2012) 'Those Bloody Trees: Compunction in the Christ Poems': Keynote Speech. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2012) 'Chaucer's Lollard Voice: Further Musings'.
Frances McCormack (2012) 'Chaucer's Lollard Voice: Further Musings'. Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
(2013) 'To Divinity and Beyond: Transcendence and Spirituality in Aldous Huxley and Graham Greene'.
Frances McCormack (2013) 'To Divinity and Beyond: Transcendence and Spirituality in Aldous Huxley and Graham Greene'. The Condemned Playground: Aldous Huxley and his Comteporaries (Balliol College, Oxford): Invited papers [Details]
(2010) ‘Nothing but a Regret: The Doctrine of Compunction in the Catholic Novels of Graham Greene’, invited speaker at the Graham Greene International Festival, Berkhamsted, 2010.
Frances McCormack (2010) ‘Nothing but a Regret: The Doctrine of Compunction in the Catholic Novels of Graham Greene’, invited speaker at the Graham Greene International Festival, Berkhamsted, 2010. Invited papers [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2007) Lexicographical consultant for Terence Patrick Dolan’s Dictionary of Hiberno-English (2nd ed.).
Frances McCormack (2007) Lexicographical consultant for Terence Patrick Dolan’s Dictionary of Hiberno-English (2nd ed.). Other Item [Details]

Radio Presentation

  Year Publication
(2012) J.R.R. Tolkien.
Frances McCormack (2012) J.R.R. Tolkien. Radio Presentation [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2010) Review of British Library Manuscripts Series.
Frances McCormack (2010) Review of British Library Manuscripts Series. Reviews [Details]
(2007) Closure in the Canterbury Tales: The Role of the Parson's Tale.
David Raybin and Linda Tarte Holley, eds. (2007) Closure in the Canterbury Tales: The Role of the Parson's Tale. Reviews [Details]
(2007) David Raybin and Linda Tarte Holley, eds., Closure in The Canterbury Tales: The Role of the Parson’s Tale (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2000). Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 2007. .
McCormack, F. (2007) David Raybin and Linda Tarte Holley, eds., Closure in The Canterbury Tales: The Role of the Parson’s Tale (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2000). Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 2007. . Reviews [Details]
(2007) R. Allen Shoaf, 'Chaucer's Body: The Anxiety of Circulation in the Canterbury Tales'.
Frances McCormack (2007) R. Allen Shoaf, 'Chaucer's Body: The Anxiety of Circulation in the Canterbury Tales'. Reviews [Details]
(2007) Review of 'R. Allen Shoaf, _Chaucer’s Body: The Anxiety of Circulation in the Canterbury Tales_.' Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 2007.
McCormack, F. (2007) Review of 'R. Allen Shoaf, _Chaucer’s Body: The Anxiety of Circulation in the Canterbury Tales_.' Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 2007. Reviews [Details]
(2005) 'Review of Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards, _A New Index of Middle English Verse_.
Frances McCormack (2005) 'Review of Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards, _A New Index of Middle English Verse_. Reviews [Details]

Review Essay

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Review of _The Medieval Imagination: Mirabile Dictu_'.
Frances McCormack (2013) 'Review of _The Medieval Imagination: Mirabile Dictu_'. Review Essay [Details]
(2012) 'Review of Larissa Tracy, _Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature: Negotiations of National Identity_'.
Frances McCormack (2012) 'Review of Larissa Tracy, _Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature: Negotiations of National Identity_'. Review Essay [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2008) ‘Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock: from novel to film’. Guest Lecture given at Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño, May 2008.
McCormack, F. (2008) ‘Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock: from novel to film’. Guest Lecture given at Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño, May 2008. Workshops [Details]
(2006) ‘Shelta: The Language of the Irish Travellers’. Guest lecture given at UCD, April 2006.
McCormack, F. (2006) ‘Shelta: The Language of the Irish Travellers’. Guest lecture given at UCD, April 2006. Workshops [Details]
(2006) ‘Reading God: Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love’. Lecture given to the Association of Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, NUI Galway, February 2006. .
McCormack, F. (2006) ‘Reading God: Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love’. Lecture given to the Association of Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, NUI Galway, February 2006. . Workshops [Details]

Teaching Interests

·      I have taught on the following topics in the university: Old English Language and Literature, Medieval Drama, The Canterbury Tales, Piers Plowman, Hiberno-English, The History of the English Language, Introduction to Medieval Writing, Introduction to Poetry, Old English Poetry, Literary Periods and Literary History, Graham Greene. 

·      I teach on the M.A. in Medieval Studies, and put on additional classes at the request of any interested MA students.

·      I am a co-founder of the School of Humanities Teaching and Learning Forum.

·      I have taught many modules  for Evening Arts students: Introduction to Medieval Writing, Introduction to Poetry, Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_, and Literary Periods and Literary History.

·      I have taught in the Universidad de La Rioja in 2006, 2008 and 2009 under the STA mobility scheme. 

·      I teach in the Youth Academy Project at the National Unviersity of Ireland, Galway, which takes fourth- and fifth-class students for weekend studies in university subjects.

·      I have applied to teach adult literacy courses at GABES, and my training starts in November.