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Dr Susan Cahill, PhD

Literature, School of Irish Studies

On sabbatical until 1 July 2018

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Dr. Cahill completed her PhD on Contemporary Irish Writing and the Body in University College Dublin in 2007. Her monograph, Irish Literature in the Celtic Tiger Years: Gender, Bodies, Memory, was published by Continuum in 2011. She is the co-editor of two collections of essays on contemporary Irish authors: Anne Enright: Irish Writers in Their Time, eds. Claire Bracken and Susan Cahill (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011) and This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann, eds. Susan Cahill and Eóin Flannery (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012). Other publications include articles on historical children’s literature, gender and the body in contemporary Irish fiction, and fairytale cinema, and Irish literary girlhood.

In the spring of 2013, Dr. Cahill was awarded a three-year FRQSC grant for her project, "Ireland's Daughters: The Literary Cultures of the Irish Girl, 1870-1922" and is currently working on a monograph based on this research.

Dr. Cahill is on sabbatical for the academic year 2017/2018 and will be a Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Research interests

Susan Cahill teaches a variety of courses on Irish literature. Her research interests include Irish children’s literature, representations of the Irish girl, and contemporary Irish fiction, particularly women’s writing.

Teaching activities


She teaches a variety of courses including:
Highlights of Irish Literature
The Irish Literary Revival
James Joyce
Irish Children's and YA Literature
Research Methods in Irish Studies
Contemporary Irish Women's Writing

Thesis supervision

She is interested in supervising graduate students in any area of Irish literature, particularly those focusing on Irish children’s literature; contemporary Irish literature (particularly individual authors such as Anne Enright, Claire Kilroy, and Colum McCann); the Irish Literary Revival; Irish women’s writing; gender, feminism, and the body in Irish writing; Irish Gothic; the Big House novel; James Joyce; Irish modernism (especially writers such as Elizabeth Bowen).


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