Claire Connolly

Head of School
English
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: claireconnolly@ucc.ie

Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English in UCC. Her research and teaching interests include Irish writing; the novel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries;  romanticism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales; Welsh-Irish cultural exchanges; and Ireland and cultural theory.  

She is currently Head of the School of English, UCC; Vice Chair (Ireland) of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature; and Co-Director of the Wales-Ireland Research Network.

My publications to date have focused on the cultural history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland, especially the writings of Edmund Burke, Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson, Charles Robert Maturin and Thomas Moore. I have also researched Scottish and Welsh romanticism and continue to write on these areas.
I have ongoing interests in Irish studies, in critical and cultural theory, and in book history.

Current projects are:
 
A book on Irish Romanticism.

A book on modes of Irish-British cultural exchange from Swift to Joyce, which reads the Holyhead Road as a cultural corridor along which people, books and ideas move.

A book chapter on war and the national tale. 

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Ireland-Wales Research NetworkArt & Humanities Research Council01-NOV-0701-NOV-09€70,000.00
Roads to a Nation - A Workshop on the History, Culture and Theory of Roads, Analysing their role in the formation of National Culture.Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)01-NOV-1231-MAY-13€5,374.00
DUETSIrish Research Council13-MAR-1430-NOV-14€6,000.00
Women Writers and the Arthurian Legend.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1330-SEP-14€42,631.00
Trees, Inheritance and Estates in Irish Writing.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1430-SEP-16€90,374.00

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2015)'The National Tale'
Connolly, Claire (2015) 'The National Tale' In: Garside, Peter; O'Brien, Karen (eds). The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume II: English and British Fiction 1750-1820. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'A Bookish History of Irish Romanticism'
Connolly, Claire (2014) 'A Bookish History of Irish Romanticism' In: Porscha Fermanis and John Regan (eds). Romantic Historiography in Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Globe icon [Details]
(2011)'The National Tale'
Connolly, Claire (2011) 'The National Tale' In: Murphy, James H (eds). The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV: The Irish Book in English, 1800-1891. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Globe icon [Details]
(2007)'Prince Hohenlohe's Miracles: Supernaturalism in the Irish Public Sphere'
Connolly, Claire (2007) 'Prince Hohenlohe's Miracles: Supernaturalism in the Irish Public Sphere' In: Scotland, Ireland and the Romantic Aesthetic. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press. Globe icon [Full Text] [Details]
(2006)'Irish Romanticism, 1800-1829'
Connolly, Claire (2006) 'Irish Romanticism, 1800-1829' In: Cambridge History of Irish Literature, Vol II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Full Text] [Details]
(2005)'Public and Private Meanings in Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage'
Connolly, Claire (2005) 'Public and Private Meanings in Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage' In: The Irish Novel in the Nineteenth Century: Facts and Fictions. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Full Text] [Details]
(2003)'Completing the Union? The Irish Novel in Cultural History'
Connolly, Claire (2003) 'Completing the Union? The Irish Novel in Cultural History' In: The Irish Act of Union, 1800: Bicentennial Essays. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Full Text] [Details]
(2003)'The Turn to the Map'
Connnolly, Claire (2003) 'The Turn to the Map' In: Éire-Land. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Full Text] [Details]

Books

 YearPublication
(2012)A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829.
Connolly, Claire (2012) A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2010)
Connolly, Claire; John, Angela V (Ed.). (2010) Menna Gallie, You're Welcome to Ulster. Aberystwyth: Honno. [Details]
(2005)
Connolly Claire; Cleary, Joe (Ed.). (2005) Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2002)
Connolly, Claire (Ed.). (2002) Theorizing Ireland. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]
(2000)
Connolly, Claire; Copley, Stephen (Ed.). (2000) Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl. London: Pickering and Chatto. [Details]
(2000)
Connolly, Claire (Ed.). (2000) Maria Edgeworth, Ormond. Harmondsworth: Penguin. [Details]
(1999)
Connolly, Claire; Butler, Marilyn (Ed.). (1999) Maria Edgeworth, Ormond, Vol. 8, The Novels and Selected Works of Maria Edgeworth. London: Pickering and Chatto. [Details]
(1999)
Connolly, Claire (Ed.). (1999) Maria Edgeworth, Vivian and Manoeuvring, Vol. 4, The Novels and Selected Works of Maria Edgeworth. London: Pickering and Chatto. [Details]
(1995)
Connolly, Claire (Ed.). (1995) Maria Edgeworth, Letters for Literary Ladies. London: Everyman. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2008)'Ugly Criticism: Union and Division in Irish Literature'
Connolly, Claire (2008) 'Ugly Criticism: Union and Division in Irish Literature'. Field Day Review, 4 :114-131 Globe icon [Full Text] [Details]
(2006)'‘Theatre and Nation in Irish Romanticism: the tragic dramas of Charles Robert Maturin and Richard Lalor Sheil’'
Connolly, Claire (2006) '‘Theatre and Nation in Irish Romanticism: the tragic dramas of Charles Robert Maturin and Richard Lalor Sheil’'. Eire-Ireland, 41 (3):185-214 [Full Text] [Details]
(2001)'Theorising Ireland'
Connolly, Claire (2001) 'Theorising Ireland'. Irish Studies Review, 9 (3):301-315 Globe icon [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2000)'‘“I accuse Miss Owenson”: The Wild Irish Girl as Media Event’'
Connolly, Claire (2000) '‘“I accuse Miss Owenson”: The Wild Irish Girl as Media Event’'. Colby Quarterly, 36 (2):98-115 [Full Text] [Details]

Internet Communication

 YearPublication
(2012)Via Holyhead: Material and Metaphorical Meanings between Ireland and Wales.
Connolly, Claire (2012) Via Holyhead: Material and Metaphorical Meanings between Ireland and Wales. Internet Communication Globe icon [Full Text] [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Association for the Study of Irish Literature Vice-Chair (Ireland)23-AUG-13 /
British Association for Romantic Studies Ordinary Member31-AUG-93 / 28-AUG-13
Council for College and University English Executive member28-AUG-11 / 28-AUG-12
British Association for Irish Studies Chair30-DEC-10 / 28-AUG-12

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2012Donald J Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book American Conference for Irish Studies

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Lecturer Promotions and Establishment Board (University College Cork) Member2013 /
Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Peer Review College Member2006 / 2010
Irish Research Council International Assessment Board (Postdoctoral Awards) Member2011 / 2012
College Executive Management Commitee (College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC) Member/
Irish Research Council International Assessment Board (Postgraduate Awards) Member2008 / 2010
Irish Research Council International Assessment Board (Research Development Initiative Award) Member2009 / 2010
First Year Experience (College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC) Chair2013 /
International Committee (College of Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC) Member2013 /
Quality Promotion Committee (University College Cork) Member2013 /
Information Services and Education Resources (Sub-Committee of Academic Council) Member2012 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)Romantic Realignments Seminar,
Connolly, Claire (2014) Irish romanticism and the culture of the copy. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Romantic Realignments Seminar, University of Oxford , 08-MAY-14 - 08-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014)UC Berkeley symposium,
Claire Connolly (2014) 1814: Literature in and on History. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], UC Berkeley symposium, University of California, Berkeley , 19-SEP-14 - 21-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)University of Notre Dame Irish Studies Seminar,
Connolly, Claire (2014) Bookish history: Irish romanticism and the culture of the copy. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], University of Notre Dame Irish Studies Seminar, University of Notre Dame , 10-APR-14 - 10-APR-14. [Details]
(2014)Romantic Connections,
Claire Connolly (2014) Scaling Irish Romanticism. [Oral Presentation], Romantic Connections, University of Tokyo , 11-JUN-14 - 15-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013)Four Nations Fiction: Women and the Novel, 1780-1830,
Connolly, Claire (2013) Women Writers and 'this thing called a Union'. [Plenary Lecture], Four Nations Fiction: Women and the Novel, 1780-1830, Aberystwyth University , 01-SEP-13 - 01-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012)Locating Revolution, 1780-1830, Aberystwyth University,
Connolly, Claire (2012) War and the National Tale. [Plenary Lecture], Locating Revolution, 1780-1830, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth University , 01-JUL-12 - 01-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)The London-Irish in the Long Eighteenth Century,
Connolly, Claire (2012) The Irish Warp. [Plenary Lecture], The London-Irish in the Long Eighteenth Century, Warwick , 01-APR-12 - 01-APR-12. [Details]
(2012)Society for the Study of Authorship, Reading and Publishing,
Connolly, Claire (2012) Irish Romanticism and the Culture of the Copy. [Plenary Lecture], Society for the Study of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, Dublin , 01-JUN-12 - 01-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)The Literatures of the Irish Sea,
Connolly, Claire (2012) 'Via Holyhead': Modernism and Celticism between Ireland and Wales. [Plenary Lecture], The Literatures of the Irish Sea, Dublin , 01-APR-12 - 01-APR-12. [Details]
(2011)Mahindra Humanities Centre: Modernism Seminar,
Connolly, Claire (2011) 'What a revolution was here!': Llandudno and Ordinary Culture. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Mahindra Humanities Centre: Modernism Seminar, Harvard University , 01-SEP-11 - 01-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)English Faculty, Carleton University, Ottawa,
Connolly, Claire (2011) New Approaches to the National Tale. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], English Faculty, Carleton University, Ottawa, Carleton University, Ottawa , 01-NOV-11 - 01-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)English Faculty, University of Wüppertal,
Connolly, Claire (2011) Making and Breaking the United Kingdom: Theorising Cultural Exchange on the Holyhead. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], English Faculty, University of Wüppertal, University of Wüppertal , 01-JUL-11 - 01-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011)Restoration to Reform Seminar, Oxford University,
Connolly, Claire (2011) Dead and Alive: Gothic Modes in Irish Romanticism. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Restoration to Reform Seminar, Oxford University, Oxford University , 01-MAR-11 - 01-MAR-11. [Details]
(2011)Ireland House, New York University,
Connolly, Claire (2011) O'Brien's Bridge: the politics of Irish Fiction. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Ireland House, New York University, New York University and Montclair State University , 01-APR-11 - 01-APR-11. [Details]
(2010)17th Australasian Irish Studies Conference,
Connolly, Claire (2010) Wales and Ireland: Routes of Cultural Exchange. [Plenary Lecture], 17th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, Queens University Belfast , 01-JUL-10 - 01-JUL-10. [Details]
(2010)Royal Belgian Academy,
Connolly, Claire (2010) Rethinking Union. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Royal Belgian Academy, Royal Belgian Academy , 01-NOV-10 - 01-NOV-10. [Details]
(2009)Second Anne Saddlemeyer Canadian Irish Studies Lecture,
Connolly, Claire (2009) 'Micks on the Make' or Cultural Entrepreneurs? The Irish in Nineteenth-Century London. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Second Anne Saddlemeyer Canadian Irish Studies Lecture, Concordia University, Montréal, , 01-SEP-09 - 01-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)Guest Seminar, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Connolly, Claire (2009) 'The Irishman's house is his coffin': Bare life and the space of the wake. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Guest Seminar, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University , 01-SEP-09 - 01-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)The Irish in London, Warwick University,
Connolly, Claire (2009) The Irish Warp. [Plenary Lecture], The Irish in London, Warwick University, King’s College London , 01-SEP-09 - 01-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)Ireland in the Nineteenth Century English and Irish Novel, Universita Roma Tre,
Connolly, Claire (2009) 'Laid-out': Dead-Alive States in the Nineteenth-Century Irish Novel. [Plenary Lecture], Ireland in the Nineteenth Century English and Irish Novel, Universita Roma Tre, Rome , 01-MAR-09 - 01-MAR-09. [Details]
(2008)International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (Home and Elsewhere: the Spaces of Irish Writing),
Connolly, Claire (2008) The Space of the Wake in Irish Writing. [Plenary Lecture], International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (Home and Elsewhere: the Spaces of Irish Writing), Universidado do Porto, Portugal , 28-JUL-08 - 01-AUG-08. [Details]
(2007)Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies,
Connolly, Claire (2007) Women writers and 'this thing called a Union'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University , 01-MAY-07 - 01-MAY-07. [Details]
(2007)Edmund Burke and Irish Literary Criticism, 1757-2007, Royal Irish Academy,
Connolly, Claire (2007) Ugly Criticism: Affective Spaces in Irish Critical Discourse. [Plenary Lecture], Edmund Burke and Irish Literary Criticism, 1757-2007, Royal Irish Academy, Royal Irish Academy , 25-APR-07 - 25-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)New Voices in Irish Criticism Postgraduate Conference,
Connolly, Claire (2007) Ugly Criticism: Affective Spaces in Irish Critical Discourse’. [Plenary Lecture], New Voices in Irish Criticism Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork , 01-APR-07 - 01-APR-07. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Boston College Associate Professor (Irish Studies and English)01-SEP-02 / 31-AUG-03
Concordia University O'Brien Fellow in Irish Studies01-SEP-11 / 31-DEC-11
Cardiff University Lecturer; Senior Lecturer; Reader; Professor01-SEP-93 / 31-JUL-12

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
1995Cardiff University PHDEnglish
1988UCC MAEnglish
1985UCC BAEnglish and History

Outreach Activities

 Description

Founding member of DUETS. DUETS brings together UCC research strengths with creative ideas and expertise from organisations or individuals who have a presence in Cork city and/or county. Funded by UCC’s Strategic Research Fund, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the Information Services Strategic Fund. http://www.ucc.ie/en/cacsss/duets/

Interviewed as part of the Lyric Feature on Lyric FM; program on Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan: The Wild Irish Girl and her Harp. 25.7.14

Organiser of regular public lectures and events in Wales and Ireland as part of the Wales-Ireland Research Network. Recent events include Professor Sir Deian Hopkin (President, National Library of Wales): ‘History and Myth: Remembering the First World War in Wales’, Cardiff University.

Regular newspaper reviewer and occasional commentator on Irish affairs for BBC Radio Wales (2006-2012).

Other Activities

 Description

External Reviewer, Periodic Review, Institute for Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, November 2012

Peer Reviewer, the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna, June 2014

External Assessor for the post of Professor of New Literatures in English, Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna, September 2014.

External Examiner, MSc English, University of Edinburgh, 2006-2010

External Examiner, PhD, University of Alberta, September 2014

I teach at all levels: BA, MA and PhD. My lecturing covers eighteenth- and nineteeth-century literature, Irish writing and cultural theory. These are also my research areas.

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Colony and Nation: Irish Literature before 1900 EN2078Colony and Nation: Irish Literature before 1900
2015Introduction to Modern Literature: Romantics to Contemporary EN1003Introduction to Modern Literature: Romantics to Contemporary
2015Victorian Literature EN3073Victorian Literature