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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 paperback edition of The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel will be out this month. Talks and book signings with an Irish crime novelist or three are in the works for NYC and DC. Watch this space.


I am proud to have a chapter in A History of Irish Working-Class Writing (Cambridge Univ. Press). This wonderful book launches this month in Dublin. Bravo, Michael Pierse! 


Columbia Irish Studies Seminar

Delivering work-in-progress on Irish crime fiction 2 Feb. 2018. It's the birthday of James Joyce, so a nod to criminality in Dubliners will also be on offer.

Elizabeth Mannion