Dr Deirdre Byrnes

BA, MPhil, PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
German
Room 303, Arts Millennium Building

T: Ext. 2014
E: deirdre.byrnes@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Deirdre Byrnes is a graduate of University College Cork, where she obtained a BA in German and French, a Higher Diploma in Education, and an MPhil. She was awarded her PhD from University College Dublin. Deirdre was the recipient of a DAAD undergraduate scholarship which enabled her to study at the University of Heidelberg. She conducted much of the research for her MPhil at the University of Konstanz. As a doctoral student, she was the recipient of a DAAD postgraduate research scholarship and spent a year at the University of Potsdam and the Freie Universität Berlin. She was also awarded a postgraduate research scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 
Deirdre is programme director of Legal German at NUI Galway. She teaches the module "Memory in Contemporary German Writing" to Final Year BA students. She also contributes a module to the MA in International Contemporary Literatures and Media.
Deirdre's research interests include GDR literature, post-Wende writing, and memory discourses. She has recently begun work on a new project: "Remembering at the Margins: Marginality and Memorialisation in the New Berlin". She is a member of the NUIG-UL research network Gender ARC: http://www.genderarc.org/
 


Research Interests

Deirdre’s research interests include the writing of Monika Maron, GDR literature, post- Wende writing, and memory discourses. She would be particularly interested in working with students on the following research areas: contemporary women writers in German-language literature, the literature and architecture of the Berlin Republic, and memory discourses. 
She has recently begun work on a new project which explores the politics of memorialization in the new Berlin, focusing particularly on the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen.
She is a member of Gender ARC: http://www.genderarc.org/ 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
MF2004 MF08 04 DR. DEIRDRE BYRNES 01-JUN-05 28-FEB-06

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Writing on the Threshold: Memory, Language and Identity in Kathrin Schmidt's Du stirbst nicht'
Byrnes, D,Heffernan V,Pye, G (2013) 'Writing on the Threshold: Memory, Language and Identity in Kathrin Schmidt's Du stirbst nicht'. Transitions: Emerging Women Writers In German-Language Literature, 76 :169-185 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2011) Rereading Monika Maron: Text, Counter-Text and Context.
Byrnes, D. (2011) Rereading Monika Maron: Text, Counter-Text and Context. Oxford, Bern: Peter Lang - International Academic Publishers. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Writing on the Threshold: Memory, Language and Identity in Kathrin Schmidt's Du stirbst nicht'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2013) 'Writing on the Threshold: Memory, Language and Identity in Kathrin Schmidt's Du stirbst nicht' In: Emerging Women Writers in German-language Literature. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. [Details]
(2013) 'The Triumph of the Transferable: Fostering Transferable Skills in the Foreign Language Classroom'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2013) 'The Triumph of the Transferable: Fostering Transferable Skills in the Foreign Language Classroom' In: Traditions and Transitions: Curricula for German Studies. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press. [Details]
(2008) 'Monika Marons Beiträge zur Wochenpost: Eine Analyse'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2008) 'Monika Marons Beiträge zur Wochenpost: Eine Analyse' In: Denkbilder: Festschrift für Eoin Bourke. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. [Details]
(2003) 'Exposing the Gaps in Memory: Forgetting and Remembering in Monika Maron's Pawels Briefe'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2003) 'Exposing the Gaps in Memory: Forgetting and Remembering in Monika Maron's Pawels Briefe' In: Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature and History. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2008) Berlin's Culturescape in the Twentieth Century
Byrnes, Deirdre (2008) Berlin in the Writing of Monika Maron . In: Thomas Bredohl and Michael Zimmermann (editors) eds. Berlin's Culturescape in the Twentieth Century , pp.229-243 [Details]
(2003) Sentimente, Empfindungen, Gefühle: Zur Geschichte und Literatur des Affektiven von 1770 bis heute
Byrnes, Deirdre (2003) Der Körper als Symptom, die Gefühle als Metaphern: Monika Marons Roman Stille Zeile Sechs . In: Anne Fuchs and Sabine Strümper-Krobb eds. Sentimente, Empfindungen, Gefühle: Zur Geschichte und Literatur des Affektiven von 1770 bis heute , pp.221-226 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2016) Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Symposium,
Byrnes, D (2016) Remembering Political Persecution: Eyewitness Testimony at the Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen Memorial. [Conference Paper], Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Symposium, NUI Galway , 04-MAY-16 - 04-MAY-16. [Details]
(2014) 25 Jahre Mauerfall: Reflections on GDR literature, its legacy and connections between the GDR and Ireland,
Byrnes, D. (2014) „Erinnerungen haben ihre Zeit“: Memory and postmemory in autobiographical writing after 1989. [Oral Presentation], 25 Jahre Mauerfall: Reflections on GDR literature, its legacy and connections between the GDR and Ireland, University of Limerick , 08-NOV-14 - 09-NOV-14. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2012) Fathers and Sons, Review of Eugen Ruge's novel In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts for Dublin Review of Books.
Byrnes, Deirdre (2012) Fathers and Sons, Review of Eugen Ruge's novel In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts for Dublin Review of Books. Book Review [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 Research Incentivisation Scheme College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
2010 Conference Travel Assistance, Millennium Fund, NUI Galway Millennium Fund, NUI Galway
2010 Goethe-Institut Scholarship Goethe-Institut
2008 Grant from the Grant-in-Aid of Publications Fund, NUI Galway Grant-in-Aid of Publications Fund, NUI Galway
2007 Grant from Library Special Research Fund, NUI Galway Library Special Research Fund, NUI Galway
2006 Conference Travel Assistance, Millennium Fund, NUI Galway Millennium Research Fund, NUI Galway
2005 Goethe-Institut Scholarship Goethe- Institut
2000 Postgraduate Research Scholarship, IRCHSS
1998 Open Postgraduate Scholarship, University College Dublin
1998 DAAD Postgraduate Research Scholarship
1995 Boyle Postgraduate Scholarship in German, UCC
1992 DAAD Scholarship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
German Studies Assocation of Ireland Secretary 11-OCT-12 / 14-NOV-15
Business German in Ireland Working Group /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
German Studies Association of Ireland Secretary /
Research Committee, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures 01-SEP-11 / 31-AUG-13

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland, Galway Lecturer 01-SEP-01 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2004 University College Dublin PhD German Literature
1994 University College Cork BACHELOR OF ARTS German and French

Languages

  Language
Irish
German
French

Outreach Activities

  Description

NUI Galway Information Evenings in Thurles, April 2011 and November 2013


Other Activities

  Description

Vice-Dean for the First Arts Experience in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies from 2007 to 2010 This role involved providing support and advice for students in difficulty, informing new and prospective entrants about First Arts at NUI Galway, and liaising with First Year coordinators and with the Examinations Office.

Teaching Interests

Deirdre is programme director of Legal German at NUI Galway. She also teaches on the Final Year BA programme and on the Masters in International Contemporary Literatures and Medias.

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2013 Susan Carolan MA International Contemporary Literatures & Media Y
2011 Sheila Kelly MA International Contemporary Literatures & Media Y
2011 Jeannine Jud MA German Y
2012 Alan Coss MA German Y
2015 Stephen Gilmore MA Advanced Languages Skills
2013 Caoimhe Fitzpatrick MA International Contemporary Literatures & Media Y

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Semester 1 and Semester 2 First Year Legal German GR106
Semester 2 From Division to Unification: Literary Texts and their Political Contexts MIC 500
Semester 1 and Semester 2 Second Year Legal German GR208
Semester 1 Memory in Contemporary German Writing GR338 This course focuses on two texts by Monika Maron: Stille Zeile Sechs, published in 1991, and her family story Pawels Briefe, published in 1999.
Semester 1 and Semester 2 Third Year Legal German GR317

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