Research Profile

Mary P. Noonan

Biography

Dr Mary P. Noonan BA (French and English), UCC; MA (English) UCC; MA (French), Birkbeck College, University of London; PhD (French Drama), Royal Holloway, University of London; Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, UCC.

Mary Noonan is Lecturer in French at University College Cork, where she teaches modern and contemporary French theatre, contemporary French cinema and French poetry. Within the School of Languages, UCC, she coordinates and teaches on the MA in Languages and Cultures. She was one of the founding members of the Board of Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC, and taught for many years on the MA Drama and Theatre Studies. In addition to her work within the School of Languages, she contributes to the MA in Film Studies. Her research focuses on the work of French women playwrights and film-makers, on voice and the auditory in theatre and the representation of corporeal presence in theatre and on film. She draws on a range of theoretical approaches in her work, including psychoanalytical theory, phenomenology and feminist theory. She has published widely in the area of contemporary French theatre. Her research monograph, Echo's Voice: The Theatres of Sarraute, Duras, Cixous and Renaude  was published in 2014 by Legenda : http://www.legendabooks.com/titles/isbn/9781907975509.html
In 2014, she organised an international conference on the theatre of Marguerite Duras (Stage Presence: Marguerite Duras and the Theatre, UCC, 21-22 November, 2014), in celebration of the centenary of the writer’s birth. A collection of essays, entitled Marguerite Duras. Un théâtre de voix/ Marguerite Duras : A Theatre of Voices, edited by Mary Noonan and Joëlle Pagès-Pindon, is published by Brill/Rodopi (2018): https://brill.com/abstract/title/36190
Also in 2014, she was awarded funding from UCC's Creative Practice Support Fund to develop a project on poetry and translation, as part of UCC’s Creative Campus initiative. Her project, This Dust of Words: Poetry and/as Translation, saw a number of international poets, along with their translators, reading and engaging with the UCC community and the wider Cork public throughout the autumn of 2015. The reading series was run in tandem with a series of poetry translation masterclasses, which were open to poets, postgraduate students and anyone else interested in the translation of poetry: https://thisdustofwords.wordpress.com. She is the co-convenor of the CASiLaC Research Cluster on 'Poetry and Creative Practice':  http://casilac.ie/translation-and-creative-practice/ and she is coordinator of the MA module LL6023, 'What Gets Lost: Poetry and Translation'.
Mary Noonan  served as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Society for French Studies (UK), 2007- 2013, with responsibility for the R.H. Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize. She was also an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy's Modern Languages and Literatures Committee, 2009-2013. She is currently an elected member of UCC’s Equality Committee, and an elected member of the Graduate Studies Committee of UCC's Academic Council. 
She is also a published poet. Her first collection of poems – The Fado House (Dedalus Press, 2012) – was shortlisted for both the Seamus Heaney Prize for a First Collection 2013 and The Strong/Shine Award 2013:  http://www.dedaluspress.com/p/the_fado_house.  A limited edition pamphlet, Father (Bonnefant Press) was published in 2015. She is the current poetry editor of the online literary journal Southword. Her second collection of poetry, Stone Girl, is published by Dedalus Press in February 2019: https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/stone-girl/.

Research Interests

Mary Noonan has published widely in the field of contemporary French theatre, including articles and chapters on the drama of Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, Hélène Cixous and Noëlle Renaude, the history of French women playwrights of the twentieth century, the voice in contemporary French theatre, Beckett's radio plays and the emerging ‘theatre of the text’ in contemporary France. In 2005, she organized an international conference entitled The Contemporary French Theatre: Writing, Performing, Teaching. She has delivered research papers on a range of topics, including the theatres of Beckett and Synge, the cinema of Marguerite Duras, the theatre work of Simone Benmussa, and the plays of Marina Carr. Her research focuses in particular on the work of French women playwrights and film-makers, on voice and the auditory in theatre and the representation of corporeal presence in theatre and on film. She draws on a range of theoretical approaches in her work, including psychoanalytical and feminist theory. Her monograph Echo's Voice: The Theatres of Sarraute, Duras, Cixous and Renaude, was published by Legenda (Oxford) in 2014: http://www.legendabooks.com/titles/isbn/9781907975509.htmlIn 2014, she organised an international conference on the theatre of Marguerite Duras, in celebration of the centenary of the writer's birth (http://durastheatreucc.com), at which speakers from France, Ireland, the UK and the US delivered papers on Duras's theatre. She co-edited a collection of critical essays, Marguerite Duras. Un théâtre de voix/A Theatre of Voices, with Joëlle Pagès-Pindon, and this was published by Brill/Rodopi (Amsterdam) in 2018: https://brill.com/view/title/36190?format=HC.
Mary Noonan was awarded funding from UCC's Creative Practice Support Fund in 2014 to develop a project on poetry and translation, as part of UCC’s Creative Campus initiative. Her project, This Dust of Selves: Poetry and/as Translation, saw a number of international poets, along with their translators, reading and engaging with the UCC community and the wider Cork public throughout the autumn of 2015. The reading series was run in tandem with a series of poetry translation masterclasses, which were open to poets, postgraduate students and anyone else interested in the translation of poetry: https://thisdustofwords.wordpress.com
Mary Noonan is also a published poet. Her first collection, The Fado House, was published in 2012 by Dedalus Press (Dublin): http://www.dedaluspress.com/sp/directory/details/mary-noonan, and her second collection was published in February 2019: https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/stone-girl/. She teaches contemporary poetry in French, and is interested in contemporary poetics in both French and English. She is the current poetry editor of the online literary journal Southword.
She has supervised PhD theses on feminine practices of writing war in Delbo, Duras and Langfus, constructions of Futurist, Dada and Surrealist artisthood in the work of Mina Loy, and the Francophone migrant theatres of Abla Farhoud and Marie NDiaye. She is currently co-supervising a PhD in creative practice that considers experimental writing through the lens of (mainly French) cultural and critical theory. 







Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2019)Stone Girl.
Mary Noonan (2019) Stone Girl. Dublin: Dedalus Press. [Details]
(2018)Marguerite Duras. Un théâtre de voix/A Theatre of Voices.
Mary Noonan and Joëlle Pagès-Pindon (2018) Marguerite Duras. Un théâtre de voix/A Theatre of Voices. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi. [DOI] [Details]
(2014)Echo's Voice: The Theatres of Sarraute, Duras, Cixous and Renaude.
Mary Noonan (2014) Echo's Voice: The Theatres of Sarraute, Duras, Cixous and Renaude. Oxford: Legenda.   [Details]
(2012)The Fado House.
Mary Noonan (2012) The Fado House. Dublin: Dedalus Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'The Not-So-Singular Life of Albert Nobbs'
Mary Noonan (2019) 'The Not-So-Singular Life of Albert Nobbs' In: Bernadette Cronin, Rachel MagShamhráin, Nikolai Preuschoff (eds). Process and Practice: Adaptation Considered as a Collaborative Art. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2017)''Women and Scarecrows: Marina Carr's Stage Bodies''
Mary Noonan (2017) ''Women and Scarecrows: Marina Carr's Stage Bodies'' In: Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost (eds). Perspective on Contemporary Irish Theatre: Populating the Stage. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Univers sonore et enveloppe verbale. Une approche auditive du théâtre durassien'
Mary Noonan (2016) 'Univers sonore et enveloppe verbale. Une approche auditive du théâtre durassien' In: Jean-Marc Larrue and Marie-Madeleine Mervant-Roux (eds). Le Son du théâtre, XIXe-XXIe siècle: Histoire intermédiale d'un lieu d'écoute moderne. Paris: CNRS EDITIONS. [Details]
(2013)'Un corps vivant de symboles: Noelle Renaude's Staging of the Writing Self'
Noonan, Mary (2013) 'Un corps vivant de symboles: Noelle Renaude's Staging of the Writing Self' In: Experience and Experiment: Women's Writing in France 2000-2010. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2011)'Les Femmes de théâtre en Irlande'
Mary Noonan (2011) 'Les Femmes de théâtre en Irlande' In: Le Dictionnaire des Créatrices. Paris: des femmes. [Details]
(2010)'La Chair sonore des mots'
Noonan, Mary; (2010) 'La Chair sonore des mots' In: Noelle Renaude, atlas alphabetique d'un ouveau monde. Paris: Les Editions Theatrales. [Details]
(2007)'A travers le miroir acoustique: les membranes audio-vocales du theatre durassien'
Noonan, Mary; (2007) 'A travers le miroir acoustique: les membranes audio-vocales du theatre durassien' In: Marguerite Duras 2: Ecriture, Ecritures. Paris: Minard.   [Details]
(2007)'The Air is Full of Our Cries: Samuel Beckett's Voices'
Noonan; (2007) 'The Air is Full of Our Cries: Samuel Beckett's Voices' In: The Cork Literary Review. Cork: Bradshaw Books. [Details]
(2004)'Writing for the Contemporary French Stage: The Reconciliation of Body and Word'
Noonan, Mary P.; (2004) 'Writing for the Contemporary French Stage: The Reconciliation of Body and Word' In: Contemporary French Cultures and Societies Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2000)'Voicing the Feminine: French Women Playwrights of the Twentieth Century'
Noonan, Mary P.; (2000) 'Voicing the Feminine: French Women Playwrights of the Twentieth Century' In: A History of Women's Writing in France Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(1996)'Representations of the Mother-Daughter Relationship in the Contemporary French Theatre'
Noonan, Mary; (1996) 'Representations of the Mother-Daughter Relationship in the Contemporary French Theatre' In: Identity, Gender and Creativity: Women's Writing in Germany, France and Britain. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2017)Southword Online Literary Journal
Mary Noonan, Danielle McLaughlin, Patrick Cotter (Ed.). (2017) Southword Online Literary Journal Cork: Munster Literature Centre.   [Details]
(1998)French Feminist Theory In Practice on The French Stage? Theatre Research International Vol. 23 No. 3
Mary Noonan & David Bradby (Ed.). (1998) French Feminist Theory In Practice on The French Stage? Theatre Research International Vol. 23 No. 3 Oxford. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2013)'The Air is Full of Our Cries: Samuel Beckett's Voices'
Noonan, Mary (2013) 'The Air is Full of Our Cries: Samuel Beckett's Voices' Cerise Press: A Journal of Literature, Arts and Culture, 4 (12) . [Details]
(2010)'Four Poems'
Noonan, Mary; (2010) 'Four Poems' Wasafiri, 25 (2) :64-65.   [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'Chant du Corps Interdit: L'Héroïne dans le Théâtre d'Hélène Cixous'
Mary Noonan (2016) 'Chant du Corps Interdit: L'Héroïne dans le Théâtre d'Hélène Cixous'. Cahiers De L'Association Internationale Des Études Fran, 68 (1):323-337 [Details]
(2010)'An archaeology of soundscapes: The theatre of Noelle Renaude'
Noonan, M (2010) 'An archaeology of soundscapes: The theatre of Noelle Renaude'. Studies In Theatre and Performance, 30 :115-125 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Filiocht Nua - New Poetry'
Mary Noonan (2015) 'Filiocht Nua - New Poetry'. The New Hibernia Review, 19 (1):53-59   [Details]
(2014)'La Mise en scene du journal crypte de l'ecriture: Noelle Renaude's Theatre'
Noonan, Mary (2014) 'La Mise en scene du journal crypte de l'ecriture: Noelle Renaude's Theatre'. Women in French Studies, [Details]
(2012)'Dismantling, Sifting, Sorting: Valerie Rouzeau's Poetics of Scrappage'
Noonan, Mary (2012) 'Dismantling, Sifting, Sorting: Valerie Rouzeau's Poetics of Scrappage'. The Irish Journal of French Studies, 12 [Details]
(2011)'Desire in Language: Nathalie Sarraute's Theatre of Interpellation'
Mary Noonan (2011) 'Desire in Language: Nathalie Sarraute's Theatre of Interpellation'. The Irish Journal of French Studies, 2011 (11):28-37 [Details]
(2007)'L'Art de l'ecrit s'incarnant: The Theatre of Noelle Renaude'
Noonan, Mary; (2007) 'L'Art de l'ecrit s'incarnant: The Theatre of Noelle Renaude'. Yale French Studies, 112 (Fall 2007):116-128 [Details]
(1999)'Performing the voice of writing in the in-between: Helene Cixous's La 'Ville Parjure''
Noonan, M; (1999) 'Performing the voice of writing in the in-between: Helene Cixous's La 'Ville Parjure''. Nottingham French Studies, 38 :67-79 [Details]
(1998)'French Feminist Theory in Practice on the French Stage?: Introduction'
Mary Noonan & David Bradby; (1998) 'French Feminist Theory in Practice on the French Stage?: Introduction'. Theatre Research International, 23 (3):197-199 [Details]
(1998)'The Spatialisation of Loss in the Theatre of Marguerite Duras'
Noonan, Mary P.; (1998) 'The Spatialisation of Loss in the Theatre of Marguerite Duras'. Theatre Research International, 23 (3):215-224 [Details]
(1998)'The spatialization of loss in the theatre of Marguerite Duras'
Noonan, M; (1998) 'The spatialization of loss in the theatre of Marguerite Duras'. Rna-A Publication of The Rna Society, 23 :215-224 [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2017)Antonin Artaud. By DAVID A. SHAFER. (Critical Lives.) Reaktion Books, 2016.
Mary Noonan (2017) Antonin Artaud. By DAVID A. SHAFER. (Critical Lives.) Reaktion Books, 2016. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(2016)Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul, by Ros Murray.
Noonan, M (2016) Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul, by Ros Murray. Oxford: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2013)The Fruits of the Passion: the theater of Yasmina Reza.
Noonan, M (2013) The Fruits of the Passion: the theater of Yasmina Reza. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Review of An Intercultural Meeting Through Applied Theatre, by Joelle Aden (Berlin: Schibri-Verlag, 2010).
Mary Noonan (2011) Review of An Intercultural Meeting Through Applied Theatre, by Joelle Aden (Berlin: Schibri-Verlag, 2010). Cork: Book Reviews   [Details]
(2010)Lyotard, Beckett, Duras and the Postmodern Sublime.
Noonan, M (2010) Lyotard, Beckett, Duras and the Postmodern Sublime. Book Reviews [Details]
(2008)Antonin Artaud's Writing bodies.
Noonan, M (2008) Antonin Artaud's Writing bodies. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2003)Helene Cixous and the theatre: The scene of writing.
Noonan, M (2003) Helene Cixous and the theatre: The scene of writing. Book Reviews [Details]
(2003)The Paris jigsaw: Internationalism and the city's stages.
Noonan, M (2003) The Paris jigsaw: Internationalism and the city's stages. Book Reviews [Details]
(2001)Artaud: Le 'Theatre et son double'.
Noonan, M (2001) Artaud: Le 'Theatre et son double'. Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Review of Lyotard, Beckett, Duras and the Postmodern Sublime, by Andrew Slade.
Noonan, Mary (2010) Review of Lyotard, Beckett, Duras and the Postmodern Sublime, by Andrew Slade. London: Book Reviews [Details]
(2007)Review of Antonin Artaud's Writing Bodies, by Adrian Morfee.
Noonan, Mary (2007) Review of Antonin Artaud's Writing Bodies, by Adrian Morfee. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(2005)Review of The Man Who Was Cyrano: A Life of Edmond de Rostand, by Sue Lloyd.
Noonan, Mary (2005) Review of The Man Who Was Cyrano: A Life of Edmond de Rostand, by Sue Lloyd. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(2005)Review of Literary Silences in Pascal, Rousseau and Beckett, by Elizabeth Loevlie.
Noonan, Mary (2005) Review of Literary Silences in Pascal, Rousseau and Beckett, by Elizabeth Loevlie. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(2003)Review of Helene Cixous and the Theatre, by Julia Dobson.
Noonan, Mary (2003) Review of Helene Cixous and the Theatre, by Julia Dobson. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(2003)Review of The Paris Jigsaw: Internationalism and the City's Stages, by David Bradby and Maria Delgado.
Noonan, Mary (2003) Review of The Paris Jigsaw: Internationalism and the City's Stages, by David Bradby and Maria Delgado. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(2003)Review of The Heroine as Social Redeemer in the Plays of Jean Giraudoux, by Victoria B. Korzeniowska.
Noonan, Mary (2003) Review of The Heroine as Social Redeemer in the Plays of Jean Giraudoux, by Victoria B. Korzeniowska. London: Book Reviews [Details]
(2002)Review of La Scene: Litterature et arts visuels, by Marie-Therese Mathet.
Noonan, Mary (2002) Review of La Scene: Litterature et arts visuels, by Marie-Therese Mathet. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(2001)Review of Artaud: Le Theatre et son double, by Brian Singleton.
Noonan, Mary (2001) Review of Artaud: Le Theatre et son double, by Brian Singleton. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
(1996)Review of The Theatre of Michel Vinaver, by David Bradby.
Noonan, Mary (1996) Review of The Theatre of Michel Vinaver, by David Bradby. London: Book Reviews [Details]

Pamphlet

 YearPublication
(2015)Father.
Mary Noonan (2015) Father. Banholt, Holland: Pamphlet [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2001)The Audio-Vocal Membranes of Feminine Theatre: Voice And Auditory Experience in the Drama of Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute and Helene Cixous.
Mary P.Noonan; (2001) The Audio-Vocal Membranes of Feminine Theatre: Voice And Auditory Experience in the Drama of Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute and Helene Cixous. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Poems

 YearPublication
(2017)Flânerie of the Beaver.
Mary Noonan (2017) Flânerie of the Beaver. Poems [Details]
(2016)New Walk. Number 13, Autumrn/Winter 2016. Three Poems.
Mary Noonan (2016) New Walk. Number 13, Autumrn/Winter 2016. Three Poems. Lancaster: Poems [Details]
(2016)Poetry Ireland Review: Mary Noonan, Two Poems and an Essay.
Mary Noonan (2016) Poetry Ireland Review: Mary Noonan, Two Poems and an Essay. Dublin: Poems [Details]
(2016)PN Review Two Poems by Mary Noonan.
Mary Noonan (2016) PN Review Two Poems by Mary Noonan. Manchester: Poems [Details]
(2016)PN Review Three Poems by Mary Noonan.
Mary Noonan (2016) PN Review Three Poems by Mary Noonan. Manchester: Poems [Details]
(2015)Poetry Ireland Review Poem by Mary Noonan.
Mary Noonan (2015) Poetry Ireland Review Poem by Mary Noonan. Dublin: Poems [Details]
(2014)The Spectator. Poem by Mary Noonan.
Mary Noonan (2014) The Spectator. Poem by Mary Noonan. London: Poems [Details]
(2013)Poetry Review: Poem by Mary Noonan.
Mary Noonan (2013) Poetry Review: Poem by Mary Noonan. London: Poems [Details]
(2013)Poetry London. Two poems by Mary Noonan.
Mary Noonan (2013) Poetry London. Two poems by Mary Noonan. London: Poems [Details]
(2012)The Threepenny Review. Poem by Mary Noonan.
Mary Noonan (2012) The Threepenny Review. Poem by Mary Noonan. Berkeley, California: Poems [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary Arts Council of Ireland
2014Creative Practice Fund Award College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC
2010Listowel Poetry Collection Prize Listowel Writers' Festival/Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
1997Research Studentship, Royal Holloway, University of London
1996Research Studentship, Royal Holloway, University of London
1995Research Studentship, Royal Holloway, University of London
1980College Studentship, UCC
1979College Studentship, UCC
1978College Scholar, UCC
1977College Scholar, UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
The Society for French Studies Elected member of the Executive Committee, with responsibility for the R.H.Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize01-SEP-07 / 01-SEP-13
The Royal Irish Academy Elected member of the RIA's Modern Languages and Literatures Committee01-SEP-09 / 01-SEP-13
ADEFFI - Irish Association for French Studies Member01-SEP-04 / 30-DEC-99
Societe Marguerite Duras Member01-JAN-09 /
The International Federation for Theatre Research Member01-OCT-03 / 30-DEC-99
Munster Literature Centre Member01-MAY-03 / 30-DEC-99

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Society for French Studies (UK) Annual Conference,
Mary Noonan (2018) • ‘Comme si je posais mon pied dans son empreinte: Noëlle Renaude Walking to the Rhythm of John Millington Synge.’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Society for French Studies (UK) Annual Conference, University College Cork , 02-JUL-18 - 04-JUL-18. [Details]
(2018)Women in French (2018): Le Bruit des femmes,
Mary Noonan (2018) Voice and Listening in the Late Films of Marguerite Duras. Paper given at the bi-annual Women in French conference. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Women in French (2018): Le Bruit des femmes, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida , 08-FEB-18 - 10-FEB-18. [Details]
(2017)Women's Voices in Ireland: From the Decade of Revolution to the Decade of Centenaries,
Mary Noonan (2017) The 'The Statue Speaks'. A reading of poems about our relationship with statues of women. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Women's Voices in Ireland: From the Decade of Revolution to the Decade of Centenaries, UCC. Creative Zone, Boole Library , 09-JUN-17 - 11-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017)Feminist Insights on Europe Building,
Mary Noonan (2017) A One-Day Symposium on Images of Europe Building. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Feminist Insights on Europe Building, University College Cork , 18-FEB-17 - 18-FEB-17. [Details]
(2015)Annual Conference of the Association Internationale des Etudes Françaises,
Mary Noonan (2015) Paper: 'Chant du Corps Interdit. L'Héroïne dans le Théâtre d'Hélène Cixous. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Conference of the Association Internationale des Etudes Françaises, École Normale Supérieure, Paris , 07-JUL-15 - 09-JUL-15. [Details]
(2014)Annual Conference of the Society for French Studies,
Mary Noonan (2014) Paper title: 'Volé à un tout de nature inaccessible': Duras's India Song as Theatre. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Society for French Studies, University of Aberdeen , 30-JUN-14 - 02-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014)Process and Practice: Adaptation Considered as a Collaborative Art,
Mary Noonan (2014) Paper title: The Not-So-Singular Life of Albert Nobbs. [Oral Presentation], Process and Practice: Adaptation Considered as a Collaborative Art, UCC , 03-OCT-14 - 04-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)Populating the Irish Stage: Questioning the Identity of Contemporary Irish Theatre,
Mary Noonan (2014) Paper title: 'Marina Carr's Stage-Bodies'. [Oral Presentation], Populating the Irish Stage: Questioning the Identity of Contemporary Irish Theatre, UCC , 26-JUN-14 - 28-JUN-14. [Details]
(2012)Le Son du Theatre/Theatre Sound,
Noonan, Mary (2012) 'Au theatre, a partir du manque, on donne a voir': Voice and Listening in the Theatre of Marguerite Duras. [Oral Presentation], Le Son du Theatre/Theatre Sound, Universite de Montreal , 21-NOV-12 - 24-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Feminism, Activism, Modernisms,
Noonan (2012) 'Voice as the Venue of Intersubjectivity in the Early Writings of Helene Cixous. [Plenary Lecture], Feminism, Activism, Modernisms, University College Cork , 14-SEP-12 - 15-SEP-12. [Details]
(2011)'Transgressions', ADEFFI, The Irish Association of French Studies,
Mary Noonan (2011) Dismantling, Sifting, Sorting: Valérie Rouzeau's Poetics of Scrappage. [Oral Presentation], 'Transgressions', ADEFFI, The Irish Association of French Studies, Aix-en-Provence, France , 21-OCT-11 - 22-OCT-11. [Details]
(2010)Department of French UCC Research Seminar Series,
Mary Noonan (2010) 'Dans la chambre ferme je construis votre voix': Voice and Listening in Duras's Late Films. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Department of French UCC Research Seminar Series, University College Cork , 25-NOV-10 - 25-NOV-10. [Details]
(2010)Women in French,
Mary Noonan (2010) 'La mise en scène du journal crypté de l'écriture: Noëlle Renaude's Staging of the Writing Self'. [Oral Presentation], Women in French, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York , 10-JUN-10 - 12-JUN-11. [Details]
(2010)A Decade of Women's Writing in France: Trends and Horizons 2000-2010,
Mary Noonan (2010) 'Un corps vivant de symboles: Noëlle Renaude's Theatre'. [Oral Presentation], A Decade of Women's Writing in France: Trends and Horizons 2000-2010, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London , 14-OCT-10 - 16-OCT-10. [Details]
(2009)Perforum, Research Seminars in Drama and Theatre Studies,
Mary Noonan (2009) 'The Swift Racing Things Flying in the Air': Noises of Synge and Beckett. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Perforum, Research Seminars in Drama and Theatre Studies, Granary Theatre, University College Cork , 08-DEC-09 - 08-DEC-09. [Details]
(2009)'Etrangers et Etrangeté dans l'écriture de Marguerite Duras',
Mary Noonan (2009) 'Le Cinéma de Marguerite Duras: l'étrange toucher des films réalisés en 1979'. [Oral Presentation], 'Etrangers et Etrangeté dans l'écriture de Marguerite Duras', Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Economiques et Sociales, Tunis, Tunisia , 03-DEC-09 - 05-DEC-09. [Details]
(2008)'Dissolving Dramaturgies: Performance and Crisis in Contemporary French Theatre',
Mary Noonan (2008) French Theatre in Crisis?. [Invited Oral Presentation], 'Dissolving Dramaturgies: Performance and Crisis in Contemporary French Theatre', French Institute, London , 05-MAR-08 - 05-MAR-08. [Details]
(2007)MARGUERITE DURAS ET LA PENSÉE CONTEMPORAINE ,
Mary P. Noonan; (2007) Marguerite Duras and Contemporary Feminist Thought. [Oral Presentation], MARGUERITE DURAS ET LA PENSÉE CONTEMPORAINE , L'Institut d'études romanes, University of Göteborg, Sweden , 10-MAY-07 - 12-MAY-07. [Details]
(2006)ADEFFI - Association des Etudes Francaises et Francophones en Irlande,
Mary P.Noonan; (2006) Dramatic/Postdramatic: Contemporary French Theatre in the Light of Samuel Beckett and Marguerite Duras. [Oral Presentation], ADEFFI - Association des Etudes Francaises et Francophones en Irlande, Paris - College des Irlandais , 22-SEP-06 - 24-SEP-06. [Details]
(2006)The Mother and Creativity in French and Francophone Writing,
Mary P. Noonan; (2006) Transmuting the Maternal Body into Writing: The Late Theatre and Fiction of Marguerite Duras. [Oral Presentation], The Mother and Creativity in French and Francophone Writing, Department of French, University of Edinburgh , 08-DEC-06 - 10-DEC-06. [Details]
(2006)L'Ombre Interne: Melancholia and the Maternal Shadow in the Late Plays of Marguerite Duras,
Dr Mary Noonan (2006) Conference on 'The Mother and Creativity in French and Francophone Writing and Culture'. [Oral Presentation], L'Ombre Interne: Melancholia and the Maternal Shadow in the Late Plays of Marguerite Duras, Edinburgh, French Department, University of Edinburgh , 08-DEC-06 - 10-DEC-06. [Details]
(2006)ADEFFI (irish Association of French Studies) Annual Conference,
Mary Noonan (2006) Dramatic/Post-Dramatic: Contemporary French Theatre in the Light of Beckett and Duras. [Oral Presentation], ADEFFI (irish Association of French Studies) Annual Conference, College des Irlandais, Paris , 22-SEP-06 - 23-SEP-06. [Details]
(2005)ADEFFI (Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande)Annual Conference,
Noonan, Mary; (2005) 'Desire in Language : Nathalie Sarraute's Theatre of Interpellation'. [Oral Presentation], ADEFFI (Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande)Annual Conference, NUIG, Galway , 30-SEP-05 - 01-OCT-05. [Details]
(2005)The Contemporary French Theatre: Writing, Performing, Teaching,
Noonan, Mary; (2005) 'Les théâtres de Noëlle Renaude et de Philippe Minyana: démantèlement ou reconstruction?’. [Oral Presentation], The Contemporary French Theatre: Writing, Performing, Teaching, University College Cork , 02-SEP-05 - 04-SEP-05. [Details]
(2005)The Contemporary French Theatre: Writing, Performing, Teaching,
Noonan, Mary; (2005) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Contemporary French Theatre: Writing, Performing, Teaching, University College Cork , 02-SEP-05 - 04-MAY-09. [Details]
(2004)Marguerite Duras: L'Ecriture dans tous ses etats,
Noonan, Mary; (2004) Through the Acoustic Mirror: The Audio-Vocal Membranes of Durassian Theatre. [Oral Presentation], Marguerite Duras: L'Ecriture dans tous ses etats, University of Newcastle upon Tyne , 10-SEP-04 - 12-SEP-04. [Details]
(2004)Perforum: Research Forum in Theatre and Performance,
Noonan, Mary; (2004) Fighting Words: Trends in Contemporary French Theatre. [Invited Oral Presentation], Perforum: Research Forum in Theatre and Performance, Granary Theatre, University College, Cork , 21-JAN-04 - 21-JAN-04. [Details]
(2002)WHAT Theatre Festival: a 10-day festival of theatre performances, academic papers, new music and writing, discussions and debates around the 'Theatre of the Absurd',
Noonan, Mary; (2002) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], WHAT Theatre Festival: a 10-day festival of theatre performances, academic papers, new music and writing, discussions and debates around the 'Theatre of the Absurd', Granary Theatre, University College Cork , 02-OCT-02 - 12-OCT-02. [Details]
(2002)Research Forum of the Department of French,
Noonan, Mary; (2002) The Voice as Fugitive: Theatrical Translations of the Other Tongue. [Invited Oral Presentation], Research Forum of the Department of French, University College Cork , 11-JAN-02 - 11-JAN-02. [Details]
(2002)Hemispheres: Cross-Currents in Literature Conference,
Noonan, Mary; (2002) Breaking the Mirror: The Struggle for Release from Gendered Poetics in the Theatre of Marguerite Duras. [Oral Presentation], Hemispheres: Cross-Currents in Literature Conference, Univesity College Cork , 03-MAY-02 - 05-MAY-02. [Details]
(2002)French Studies Conference,
Noonan, mary; (2002) Staging the Voice of Writing on the Contemporary French Stage: the theatres of Noelle Renaude, Philippe Minyana, Valere Novarina. [Oral Presentation], French Studies Conference, University of Bristol , 01-JUL-02 - 03-JUL-02. [Details]
(2002)Un lundi, un auteur: Noelle Renaude,
Noonan, Mary; (2002) Le Theatre de Noelle Renaude: une mise en scene de la voix de l'ecriture. [Invited Oral Presentation], Un lundi, un auteur: Noelle Renaude, La Maison des Ecrivains, Paris , 25-MAR-02 - 25-MAR-02. [Details]
(2000)Perforum: Research Forum in Theatre and Performance,
Noonan, Mary; (2000) Hearing Things: The Audio-Vocal Membranes of Feminine Theatre. [Invited Oral Presentation], Perforum: Research Forum in Theatre and Performance, Granary Theatre, University College, Cork , 07-NOV-00 - 07-NOV-00. [Details]
(1997)Women Give Voice to Women: Feminist Theory in Practice on the French Stage?,
Noonan, Mary; (1997) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Women Give Voice to Women: Feminist Theory in Practice on the French Stage?, Institute of Romance Studies, London Institut Francais, London , 21-FEB-97 - 22-FEB-97. [Details]
(1997)Women Give Voice to Women: Feminist Theory in Practice on the French Stage?,
Noonan, Mary; (1997) The Staging of Pre-Textual Spaces in the Theatre of Marguerite Duras. [Oral Presentation], Women Give Voice to Women: Feminist Theory in Practice on the French Stage?, Institute of Romance Studies, London Institut Francais, London , 21-FEB-97 - 22-FEB-97. [Details]
(1995)Cross-Currents in Literature,
Noonan, Mary; (1995) Contemporary Epic Theatre and the Economy of the Feminine. [Oral Presentation], Cross-Currents in Literature, Univesity College Cork , 17-FEB-95 - 18-FEB-95. [Details]
(1995)International Women's Writing Seminar Series,
Noonan, Mary; (1995) Representations of the Mother-Daughter Relationship on the Contemporary French Stage. [Oral Presentation], International Women's Writing Seminar Series, University of North London , 18-MAY-95 - 18-MAY-95. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee Elected member of the Committee2018 /
CACSSS Graduate Studies Committee Member of the Committee2016 /
UCC Equality Committee Elected member of the committee2014 /
CACSSS Student Affairs Committee Representative of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Committee Member2013 /
CACSSS Board of Film Studies, UCC Board member2005 / 2008
CACSSS Board of Drama and Theatre Studies, UCC Board member2000 / 2008
Society for French Studies Executive Committee Executive member; Coordinator of the Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize2007 /
Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Committee Committee member2009 /
CACSSS Academic Development Committee Committee member2010 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Freelance, Brussels Commercial Translator/
City of London Polytechnic Lecturer in French (half-time, temporary)/
University of North London (now London Metropolitan) Lecturer in French (full-time, permanent)/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1979UCC BA
1981UCC MA
1993Birkbeck College, University of London MA
2001Royal Holloway, University of London PhD

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
French FluentFluentFluent
Irish FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
Italian FunctionalBasicBasic

Outreach Activities

 Description

Public Interview with author Anne Sebba, as part of the Cork World Literatures Festival 2017. The interview, which took place at the Triskel Arts Centre on 20 April 2017, centred on Sebba's book Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s.

Presentation of the prizes for the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, which I judged. The prize-giving took place at Cork City Library on 16 February 2017 as part of the Cork International Poetry Festival 2017.

Poetry reading at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, 9 December 2016, 6pm. A reading on the theme of 'poetry and food', entitled "The Taste of Words', in response to the exhibition "Gut Instinct: Art, Food and Feeling."

Poetry Reading, West Cork Writers' Festival, July 2013

Poetry Reading, Cork Spring Poetry Festival, 13 February 2013

Poetry Reading, Listowel Writers' Week, 1 June 2012

Poetry Reading, Cork City Library, 14 May 2012
 

Poetry Reading, Dublin Writers' Centre, 22 May 2012

Poetry Reading, Galway City Library, 15 November 2012

Moderator, readings by 2 French novelists, Cork City Library, 23 April 2011

Poetry Workshop delivered to Midleton Writers' Group, 3 December 2011

Poetry Workshop delivered to Midleton Writers' Group, 28 March 2009

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Southword: New Writing From Ireland Editor01-SEP-16 -
Contemporary Theatre Review Referee01-MAY-17 -
French Studies Referee01-SEP-16 -
The Irish Journal Of French Studies Referee01-SEP-15 -
Coup De Theatre Referee07-JAN-13 -
Tangence Referee01-SEP-13 -

Other Activities

 Description

Organisation of a series of poetry readings and poetry translation masterclasses by a range of internationally renowned poets and their translators. The series, entitled 'This Dust of Words: Poetry and/as Translation', ran in UCC between September and December 2015. The project was funded by the Creative Practice Fund of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC. See https://thisdustofwords.wordpress.com for more information.


Evaluation of a book manuscript for Northwestern University Press, Illinois, USA (2015). Manuscript title: Aesthetic Citizenship: Immigration, Theatre and Embodiment in 21st Century Paris by Emine Fişek.

Organisation of an international conference to celebrate the centenary of the birth of French writer Marguerite Duras. The conference, entitled 'Stage Presence: Marguerite Duras and the Theatre', was held at UCC, 21-22 November 2014, and featured keynote lectures form Professor Lib Taylor (Reading) and Professor Joëlle Pagès-Pindon (Paris), in addition to papers by Duras scholars from France, Ireland, Britain and the US. See https://durastheatre.ucc.com for further details.


Organization of an international conference on contemporary French theatre at UCC, 2-4 September 2005, entitled 'La Scène française contemporaine: écrire, jouer, enseigner'. The conference featured French playwrights, directors and actors, as well as scholars in the field from France, Britain and Ireland. A number of theatrical performances were staged in the course of the three days.

The WHAT theatre festival, co-organised by Mary Noonan at the Granary Theatre, Cork 2-12 October 2002. The festival was a celebration of the twentieth century's most innovative playwrights, and an exploration of the notion of a theatre of the Absurd. It featured performances of plays by Beckett, Pinter and Ionesco, and rehearsed readings of plays by Enda Walsh, Caryl Churchill and Bernard-Marie Koltes. It also featured new writing and new music by members of the staff of UCC, academic papers, post-show discussions and a concluding round-table discussion.

Direction of two short Beckett plays as part of the "100 Years A Dying" conference organized by the English Department as part of the Beckett Centenary celebrations, 26-27 May 2006

Beckett's "Play" staged as part of a theatre festival to mark the tenth anniversary of Beckett's death. The festival was held at the Granary Theatre, UCC, 13-18 December 1999.

Direction of Eugene Ionesco's play "The Chairs". The play was performed in the context of the WHAT theatre festival, co-organised by Mary Noonan at the Granary Theatre, Cork 2-12 October 2002.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My teaching centres on modern and contemporary French theatre, French cinema and French poetry. In addition to teaching the theatre of Molière and the films of Louis Malle to undergraduates in French, I also offer the specialist modules The Theatre of the Absurd (FR2303) to second-year French undergraduates, and The Contemporary French Theatre (FR4307) to final year undergraduates.  I offer a course entitled Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (FX6004) to the MA in Film Studies, and I convene, and teach the module What Gets Lost: Poetry and Translation (LL6023), which is offered to students on the MA in Languages and Cultures and the MA in Translation Studies: For many years I taught The Playwright in Contemporary Theatre (DR6010) to the MA in Drama and Theatre Studies. In 2016-17, I’m convening, and teaching on, an interdisciplinary module – Negotiating Knowledges in the Networked Society (LL6008) – which is taken by postgraduate students in the School of Languages.

My teaching interests encompass feminist and psychoanalytical approaches to contemporary theatre and film, contemporary poetics in French and English and the translation of poetry. More broadly, I am interested in teaching creative responses to literary texts, and exploring the nature of the creative process, and its representation in literature and film.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2018Roxane Paire UCCPHDLe Théâtre migrant: étude comparée de la dimension transculturelle dans les dramaturgies de Marie NDiaye et Abla Farhoud
2012Sarah Kate Hayden UCCPHD'Intimate Irritant': Constructions of Futurist, Dada and Surrealist Artisthood in the Work of Mina Loy.
2010Angela O'Flaherty UCCPHDFeminine Practices of Writing War in Works by Charlotte Delbo, Marguerite Duras and Anna Langfus

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Literary Seminar I FR2202Literary Seminar I
2020What Gets Lost: Poetry and Translation LL6023What Gets Lost: Poetry and Translation
2020Topics in Literature and Culture FR2204Topics in Literature and Culture
2020The Short Form: Stories and Poems in French FR6309The Short Form: Stories and Poems in French
2020Literary Studies: The Contemporary French Theatre FR4307Literary Studies: The Contemporary French Theatre
2020Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis FX6004Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis
2020Playwrights and Writing in Contemporary Theatre DR6027Playwrights and Writing in Contemporary Theatre
2020Literary Studies: The Theatre of the Absurd FR2306Literary Studies: The Theatre of the Absurd

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