Elizabeth Mannion

books, events, etc.

My research and teaching cover drama/theatre and a range of modern Irish Studies, from revivalist drama to contemporary fiction. I earned my PhD at Trinity College, Dublin, with a thesis that ultimately became The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre: Beyond O'Casey  (Syracuse). While working on that book, I taught in Philadelphia. A highlight was co-convening a Ulysses reading group with Shelly Brivic and Samuel R. Delany


The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel (Palgrave Macmillan) includes an introduction tracing the evolution of Irishness in detective fiction and chapters on series by Peter Tremayne, John Connolly, Declan Hughes, Ken Bruen, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Tana French, Jane Casey, and Benjamin Black.  A second volume—Guilt Rules All: Mysteries, Detectives, and Crime in Irish Fiction—is underway. Anjili BabbarGerard Brennan, Carol Baraniuk, Nancy Marck Cantwell, Brian Cliff, Fiona Coleman Coffey, Bridget English, Richard HowardRosemary Johnsen, Joe Long, Vivian Valvano Lynch, and Shane Mawe are among those who will be contributing chapters. The games have begun.


First full draft of The Theatre of Wallace Shawn is nearly complete ... busy days. Have you read Shawn's new book? It's called Night Thoughts. Give it a read, if you are in an essay frame of mind. It's terrific.


Irish Women Writers Symposium at Fordham University

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:30pm

Please join us at Fordham Lincoln Center. The A, B, C, D and 1 subway trains all stop at 59th Street/Columbus Circle. The campus is located one block west. Click to reserve a seat (it's free!). Urban Plays signing to follow talk, books available at event.