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. The paperback is out.
A second volume—Guilt Rules All: Mysteries, Detectives, and Crime in Irish Fiction—is underway. Anjili Babbar, Carol Baraniuk, Gerard Brennan, Declan Burke, Nancy Marck Cantwell, Brian Cliff, Fiona Coleman Coffey, Bridget English, Richard Howard, Rosemary Johnsen, Joe Long, Vivian Valvano Lynch, and Shane Mawe are among those who will be contributing chapters. Featured novelists include Freeman Wills Crofts, Conor Brady, Arlene Hunt, Steve Cavanagh, Sinéad Crowley, Liz Nugent, Julie Parsons, Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, and Adrian McKinty. Writing and editing has begun.
After Guilt, it's a return to drama with The Theater of Wallace Shawn. More news on that in the summer.
Delivering crime fiction work-in-progress on the Joycean date of February 2 at Columbia University.
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