Prof David O'Shaughnessy

BA, H.Dip.; MA; D.Phil

Contact Details

Personal Professor
School of English & Creative Art
NUI Galway
Galway
E: david.oshaughnessy@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

 David O'Shaughnessy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, and the University of Oxford. After his doctorate, he was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford where he co-edited the diary of William Godwin which was awarded the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Digital Prize for 2012. He also published William Godwin and the Theatre (2010) and a complementary edition of Godwin's plays from manuscripts held at the Huntington Library in California and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the latter facilitated by a Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr Research Grant awarded by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

After his work on Godwin, he developed an interest in Irish writing in eighteenth-century London, particularly theatre. He held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick (2010-12) where he edited a special issue of the journal Eighteenth-Century Life titled Networks of Aspiration: the London Irish of the Eighteenth Century (2015). 

He took up a lecturership at Trinity College Dublin in 2012 when he was also awarded a Marie Curie Career Integration grant  (2013¿17) for a project on 'The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843'. This project brought together manuscripts held at the Huntington Library and the British Library in an online resource that allows scholars to map theatre censorship across the period. In 2019 he convened a conference on theatre censorship at the Huntington Library in Los Angeles and a volume of essays titled The Censorship of Eighteenth-Century Theatre: Playhouses and Prohibition, 1737¿1843 for Cambridge University Press is in progress. He also edited Ireland, Enlightenment, and the English Stage, 1740¿1820 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), a volume which assesses the contribution Irish theatrical practitioners made to the Georgian stage, particularly those theatres in London, and argues that we can consider it an important strand of Irish Enlightenment activity. 
David was awarded a Marie Curie Global Fellowship in 2017 which facilitated a sabbatical at the Huntington Library and Caltech to work on the history play of the eighteenth century. During his time in the US, he collaborated with Ian Newman on Irish actor and playwright Charles Macklin and we co-edited Charles Macklin and the Theatres of London for Liverpool University Press (in press). David was the dramaturg for two productions of Macklin¿s great comedy Love à la Mode (1759) at Smock Alley in 2016 and 2017.

His current projects include a new edition of Oliver Goldsmith¿s collected works (8 volumes) also for Cambridge on which he is working with Michael Griffin (UL). This follows their Letters of Oliver Goldsmith for Cambridge University Press (2019). In 2020, he was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant (¿2m) to work on the finances of London theatres. This project brings together a postdoctoral team of humanities and economic scholars to apply econometric analysis to the financial archives of Covent Garden and Drury Lane. The project will apply these economic methodologies so that new perspectives on the careers of managers, playwrights, actors, and plays emerge.
 

Research Interests

Eighteenth-century literature, especially theatre; Irish Enlightenment; London-Irish playwrights; theatre censorship; William Godwin; Oliver Goldsmith.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) '`A new stage for eighteenth-century Irish theater studies¿'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2019) '`A new stage for eighteenth-century Irish theater studies¿'. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 48 :351-355 [Details]
(2017) '``Bit, by some mad whig: Charles Macklin and the theatre of Irish Enlightenment'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2017) '``Bit, by some mad whig: Charles Macklin and the theatre of Irish Enlightenment'. Huntington Library Quarterly, 80 (4):559-584 [Details]
(2015) ''Rip¿ning buds in Freedom¿s fields¿: Staging Irish improvement in the 1780s'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2015) ''Rip¿ning buds in Freedom¿s fields¿: Staging Irish improvement in the 1780s'. Journal For Eighteenth-Century Studies, 38 (4):541-554 [Details]
(2015) 'A play for patronage: Dennis O¿Bryen¿s A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed (1783)'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2015) 'A play for patronage: Dennis O¿Bryen¿s A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed (1783)'. Eighteenth-Century Life, 39 (1):183-211 [Details]
(2015) 'Tolerably numerous: recovering the London Irish of the eighteenth century'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2015) 'Tolerably numerous: recovering the London Irish of the eighteenth century'. Eighteenth-Century Life, 39 (1):1-13 [Details]
(2012) 'Godwin, Shelley, and the 'free communication of intellect''
O'Shaughnessy, David (2012) 'Godwin, Shelley, and the 'free communication of intellect''. Bodleian Library Record, 25 (1):423-428 [Details]
(2012) 'Caleb Williams and the Philomaths: recalibrating political justice for the nineteenth century'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2012) 'Caleb Williams and the Philomaths: recalibrating political justice for the nineteenth century'. Nineteenth-Century Literature, 66 (4):423-448 [Details]
(2011) 'Introduction to William Godwin¿s Diary'
O'Shaughnessy, David; Philp, Mark (2011) 'Introduction to William Godwin¿s Diary'. Bodleian Library Record, 24 (1):1-18 [Details]
(2007) 'The Vehicle he has Chosen¿: Pointing out the Theatricality of Caleb Williams'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2007) 'The Vehicle he has Chosen¿: Pointing out the Theatricality of Caleb Williams'. History Of European Ideas, 33 (1):541-71 [Details]
(2006) 'St Dunstan and De Occulta Philosophia: An Inspiration for Godwin¿s St Leon'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2006) 'St Dunstan and De Occulta Philosophia: An Inspiration for Godwin¿s St Leon'. Notes & Queries, 53 (3):314-315 [Details]
(2005) 'Kotzebue and Thompson¿s The Stranger: A New Source for Godwin¿s St Leon'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2005) 'Kotzebue and Thompson¿s The Stranger: A New Source for Godwin¿s St Leon'. Notes & Queries, 52 (4):452-456 [Details]
(1999) 'Ambivalence in Castle Rackrent'
O'Shaughnessy, David (1999) 'Ambivalence in Castle Rackrent'. Canadian Journal Of Irish Studies, :427-440 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2010) William Godwin and the Theatre.
O'Shaughnessy, David (2010) William Godwin and the Theatre. London: Pickering & Chatto. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2021) 'Godwin, Ireland and historical tragedy'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2021) 'Godwin, Ireland and historical tragedy' In: New Approaches to William Godwin: Forms, Fears, Futures. :13-36 Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]
(2020) 'Radical societies'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2020) 'Radical societies' In: Mary Wollstonecraft in Context. :87-94 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2020) 'Metropolitan theatre'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2020) 'Metropolitan theatre' In: Irish Literature in Transition, 1780-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'Staging an Irish Enlightenment'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2019) 'Staging an Irish Enlightenment' In: Ireland, Enlightenment and the English Stage, 1740-1820. :1-27 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'Civility, patriotism and performance: Cato and the history play'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2019) 'Civility, patriotism and performance: Cato and the history play' In: Ireland, Enlightenment and the English Stage, 1740-1820. :167-188 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'National Identity and Satire'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2019) 'National Identity and Satire' In: The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-century Satire. :91-107 Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2018) 'The detail is in The Devil: Dibdin¿s patriotism in the 1780s¿'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2018) 'The detail is in The Devil: Dibdin¿s patriotism in the 1780s¿' In: Charles Dibdin & Late Georgian Culture. :64-77 Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2014) 'Godwin and the Politics of Playgoing'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2014) 'Godwin and the Politics of Playgoing' In: The Oxford Handbook to Georgian Theatre, 1737¿1832. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2014) 'Godwin and the Politics of Playgoing'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2014) 'Godwin and the Politics of Playgoing' In: The Oxford Handbook to Georgian Theatre, 1737¿1832. :514-531 Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2012) 'Things as They Became; or, The Later Adventures of William Godwin'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2012) 'Things as They Became; or, The Later Adventures of William Godwin' In: Informal Romanticism. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. [Details]
(2012) 'Things as They Became; or, The Later Adventures of William Godwin'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2012) 'Things as They Became; or, The Later Adventures of William Godwin' In: Informal Romanticism - Studien zur Englischen Romantik. :161-172 Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. [Details]
(2011) '`This is the dread hour, / That must decide the fate of England!¿: Godwin¿s St Dunstan'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2011) '`This is the dread hour, / That must decide the fate of England!¿: Godwin¿s St Dunstan' In: Godwinian Moments: From Enlightenment to Romanticism. :194-216 Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [Details]
(2005) 'The Hegemony of the Paratext: An tOiléanach and The Islandman'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2005) 'The Hegemony of the Paratext: An tOiléanach and The Islandman' In: New Voices in Irish Criticism 5. :82-89 Dublin: Four Courts. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2019) Ireland, Enlightenment and the English Stage, 1740-1830.
O'Shaughnessy, David (Ed.). (2019) Ireland, Enlightenment and the English Stage, 1740-1830 Ireland, Enlightenment and the English Stage, 1740-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2018) The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith.
Griffin, Michael; O'Shaughnessy, David (Ed.). (2018) The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2010) The Plays of William Godwin.
O'Shaughnessy, David (Ed.). (2010) The Plays of William Godwin The Plays of William Godwin. London: Pickering & Chatto. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2009) 'Evolution Confounded: Charles O¿Shaughnessy¿s Rebuttal of Darwin'
O'Shaughnessy, David (2009) 'Evolution Confounded: Charles O¿Shaughnessy¿s Rebuttal of Darwin' History Ireland, 17 (3) :24-27. [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
(2016) The Stage Licensing Act 1737.
O'Shaughnessy, David (2016) The Stage Licensing Act 1737. Electronic Article [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
(2019) The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843.
O'Shaughnessy, David (2019) The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2010) The Diary of William Godwin.
Myers, Victoria; O'Shaughnessy, David; Philp, Mark (2010) The Diary of William Godwin. Electronic Publication [Details]

Review Articles

  Year Publication
(2011) 'Irishing¿ the rise of the novel: Vertue Rewarded (1693) and Irish Tales (1716).
O'Shaughnessy, David (2011) 'Irishing¿ the rise of the novel: Vertue Rewarded (1693) and Irish Tales (1716). Review Articles [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2020 ERC Consolidator Grant European Research Council
2020 Dean of Research Award for Excellence Trinity College Dublin
2019 Fellow Trinity College Dublin
2018 Lewis Walpole Library Travel Grant Lewis Walpole Library
2017 Marie Curie Global Fellowship European Commission
2016 Huntington Library Conference Grant Huntington Library
2016 Moore Institute Fellowship NUI Galway
2014 Huntington Library Fellowship Huntington Library
2014 A.C. Elias Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
2013 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant European Commission
2013 Royal Irish Academy Mobility Grant Royal Irish Academy
2012 British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Digital Prize British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
2010 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Leverhulme Trust
2010 Junior Research Fellowship Linacre College, University of Oxford
2010 Government of Ireland Post-doctoral fellowship (declined) IRCHSS
2008 Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grant Keats-Shelley Association of America
2006 Prendergast Bequest Prendergast Foundation, University of Oxford
2005 Stephen Copley Award British Association for Romantic Studies
2005 Faculty of English Senior Studentship English Faculty, University of Oxford
2005 G.A. Paul Scholarship University College, University of Oxford
2004 Colin Matthew Scholarship St Hugh¿s College, University of Oxford
2003 Government of Ireland Major Doctoral Fellowship (declined) IRCHSS
2003 Sheila Birkenhead Bursary Keats-Shelley Memorial Association
2002 NUI Postgraduate Fellowship NUI Galway