Dr Rebecca Anne Barr

B.A., M.Phil, M.A., Ph.D

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
English

E: rebecca.barr@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Rebecca Anne Barr studied at Jesus College, Cambridge for her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Following a BA honors in English, she received an M.Phil in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies and went on to complete a doctorate on the novels of Samuel Richardson. During her time as a graduate student she won the University of Cambridge Seatonian Prize for poetry. 

She has lectured at several universities, including St Peter’s College, Oxford, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Bath Spa University. Along with Dr Justin Tonra (NUIG) she is involved in Ossian Online, a web project which will present James Macpherson's Ossian poems and their publication history in digital form. Her current research focusses on representations of men and masculinity in mid-eighteenth century novels. 
Other research and teaching interests include the history and theory of the novel, masculinity and literature, psychoanalysis and literature, print culture, and twentieth century British and Irish poetry.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) ''Barren desarts of arbitrary words': language and communication in Collier and Fielding's 'The Cry''
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2016) ''Barren desarts of arbitrary words': language and communication in Collier and Fielding's 'The Cry''. Women's Writing, 23 (1):87-105 [Details]
(2013) 'Pathological laughter and the response to ridicule: Samuel Richardson, Jane Collier, and Sarah Fielding'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2013) 'Pathological laughter and the response to ridicule: Samuel Richardson, Jane Collier, and Sarah Fielding'. Revue de la Société d'études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, 70 :223-246 [Details]
(2012) 'W. S. Graham and epistolarity'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2012) 'W. S. Graham and epistolarity'. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, 4 (1) [Details]
(2012) 'Introduction'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2012) 'Introduction'. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, 4 (1) [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Richardson's 'Sir Charles Grandison' and the symptoms of subjectivity'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2010) 'Richardson's 'Sir Charles Grandison' and the symptoms of subjectivity'. The Eighteenth Century: Theory And Interpretation, 51 (4):1-24 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Annotation and the Social Edition'
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2016) 'Annotation and the Social Edition' In: A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2015) 'Forrest Reid's Queer Ulster Pastoral'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2015) 'Forrest Reid's Queer Ulster Pastoral' In: Engendering Ireland: New reflections on modern Irish History and Literature. Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]
(2015) ''Black Transactions' : waste and abundance in Samuel Richardson's 'Clarissa''
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2015) ''Black Transactions' : waste and abundance in Samuel Richardson's 'Clarissa'' In: The Afterlife of Used Things, Recycling in the long Eighteenth Century. London: Routledge Studies in Modern History. [Details]
(2011) '“Complete Hypocrite, Complete Tradesman”: Defoe’s Complete English Tradesman and masculine conduct'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2011) '“Complete Hypocrite, Complete Tradesman”: Defoe’s Complete English Tradesman and masculine conduct' In: Positioning Daniel Defoe’s Non-fiction: Form, Function, Genre. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]
(2010) 'Resurrecting Saxon things: Peter Reading, species decline and Old English poetry'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2010) 'Resurrecting Saxon things: Peter Reading, species decline and Old English poetry' In: Anglo-Saxon Culture in the Modern Imagination. Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer. [Details]
(2010) 'The Gothic in David Lynch: phantasmagoria and abjection'
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2010) 'The Gothic in David Lynch: phantasmagoria and abjection' In: David Lynch in Theory. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Engendering Ireland: New reflections on modern history and literature.
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Buckley, Sarah-Anne; Kelly, Laura (Ed.). (2015) Engendering Ireland: New reflections on modern history and literature Engendering Ireland: New reflections on modern history and literature. Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2015) Macpherson's Ossian Legacy Conference,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2015) Ossian Online: A Digital Resource for Macpherson’s Ossian. [Conference Paper], Macpherson's Ossian Legacy Conference, Kingussie, Scotland , 18-APR-15 - 19-APR-15. [Details]
(2014) Edition as Argument,
Rebecca Anne Barr and Justin Tonra (2014) For the sake of argument: crowdsourcing annotation of Macpherson's 'Ossian'. [Conference Paper], Edition as Argument, Queen Mary, University of London , 16-JUL-14 - 17-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) VENTRE ET VISCÈRES. ESTHÉTIQUE ET SYMBOLIQUE DES ENTRAILLES ET DE LA DIGESTION AU XVIIIE SIÈCLE,
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2014) Desire, disgust, and indigestion in John Cleland's 'Memoirs of a Coxcomb'. [International Refereed Conference], VENTRE ET VISCÈRES. ESTHÉTIQUE ET SYMBOLIQUE DES ENTRAILLES ET DE LA DIGESTION AU XVIIIE SIÈCLE, Université Paris Diderot , 21-MAR-14 - 22-MAR-14. [Details]
(2014) Reading and Identity,
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2014) Reading nations, debating identities: new approaches to Macpherson's 'Ossian'. [International Refereed Conference], Reading and Identity, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh , 26-AUG-14 - 26-AUG-14. [Details]
(2015) ASECS: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2015) Carefully Corrected / Mutilated Mess: Ossian's Textual Legacies. [International Refereed Conference], ASECS: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Los Angeles, United States , 19-MAR-15 - 22-MAR-15. [Details]
(2014) DH2014: Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2014) Crowdsourcing Annotation and the ‘Social Edition’: Ossian Online. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], DH2014: Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, Lausanne, Switzerland , 09-JUL-14 - 12-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) Reading and Identity Conference,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2014) Reading Nations, Debating Identities: New Approaches to Macpherson’s Ossian. [Conference Paper], Reading and Identity Conference, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland , 26-AUG-14 - 26-AUG-14. [Details]
(2014) The Edition as Argument, 1550-1750 Conference,,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2014) For the Sake of Argument: Crowdsourcing Annotation of Macpherson’s Ossian. [Conference Paper], The Edition as Argument, 1550-1750 Conference,, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK , 17-JUL-14 - 17-JUL-14. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2016) Pastoral Protestants [Review of Andrew Carpenter and Lucy Collins, 'The Irish Poet and the Natural World', Cork University Press, 2014].
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2016) Pastoral Protestants [Review of Andrew Carpenter and Lucy Collins, 'The Irish Poet and the Natural World', Cork University Press, 2014]. Duke University Press: Book Review [Details]
(2015) Irish Women in History.
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2015) Irish Women in History. Women: A Cultural Review: Book Review [Details]
(2013) 'Reconceptionalizing Women’s Poetry'. Review of Lucy Collins, 'Poetry by Women in Ireland: A Critical Anthology, 1870-1970', Liverpool University Press, 2012.
Barr, Rebecca Anne (2013) 'Reconceptionalizing Women’s Poetry'. Review of Lucy Collins, 'Poetry by Women in Ireland: A Critical Anthology, 1870-1970', Liverpool University Press, 2012. Book Review [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 Visiting Scholar at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
2014 Muriel McCarthy Research Fellow Marsh's Library, Dublin
2013 President's Award for Teaching Excellence NUI Galway
2012 Visiting fellow at Chawton House LIbrary Chawton House and University of Southampton
2010 Millennium Research Fund NUI, Galway
2007 Charles Lamb Bursary Wordsworth Annual Conference
2005 British Federation for Women Graduates, graduate bursary British Federation for Women Graduates
2002 Seatonian Prize for poetry University of Cambridge
2001 Morgan Prize for Composition Jesus College, Cambridge
1999 Samuel Taylor Coleridge Prize for English Jesus College, Cambridge
1999 College Exhibition Scholarship Jesus College, Cambridge

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Ordinary Member 06-MAY-12 /
Eighteenth Century Research Network in Ireland Ordinary Member /
UL & NUIG Gender ARC Ordinary Member /
British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Ordinary Member 01-JAN-08 / 17-FEB-12
Modern Language Association Ordinary Member 01-JAN-09 / 17-FEB-12
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Ordinary Member 01-JAN-07 / 17-FEB-12

Teaching Interests