Research Profile

Barry Monahan

Biography

Having completed an undergraduate degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with French at Trinity College Dublin, I did an MA in Film Studies in University College Dublin. This led me back to Trinity where I refined my research into film, and received my PhD there in 2004. My research concentrated on the relationship between the Abbey Theatre and cinema from the beginning of the sound period until the 1960s. More recently my focus has been on contemporary Irish film and filmmakers, and I participate in regional, national and international cinema-related cultural events with a view to allowing my institutional research to have a broader cultural impact. (My recurring participation has entailed public interviews, seminars, Q and A sessions, and pre- and post-screening discussions in institutions, and at events, including the Schull Fastnet Film Festival, the Cork International Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute, the Rome Ireland Film Festival, and several universities.)   

Research Interests

With on-going interest in the history of Irish cinema - notably the relationship between Irish theatre and film - I have continued to develop thematic strands from my earliest research on aesthetics, theoretical and textual analysis, into the contemporary context. This includes approaches to post-1990s Irish visual culture informed by a variety of paradigms from gender, genre, and star studies, to poststructural, postnational and postmodern frameworks. My research into the aesthetic features of the visual media considered include performance studies, technical applications and range from amateur filmmaking to the professional auteur.      I am currently working on a monograph on the films and television work of Lenny Abrahamson, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Hyphenating Ireland and America - examining the construction of contemporary Hybrid Identities in FILM AND sCREEN mEDIA 1990-2015.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1630-SEP-18€47,822.00
Institutional Acts of Watching in Irish Cinema: Surveillance, Power and the Camera.Irish Research Council01-OCT-2030-SEP-23€81,625.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2018)The Films of Lenny Abrahamson: A Filmmaking of Philosophy.
Barry Monahan (2018) The Films of Lenny Abrahamson: A Filmmaking of Philosophy. New York & London: Bloomsbury Academic. [Details]
(2009)Ireland's Theatre on Film: Style, Stars and the National Stage on Screen.
Monahan, B; (2009) Ireland's Theatre on Film: Style, Stars and the National Stage on Screen. Dublin: Irish Academic Press.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2020)'Historical Transitions in Ireland on Screen'
Barry Monahan (2020) 'Historical Transitions in Ireland on Screen' In: Irish Literature in Transition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2018)'Kant's Sublime and the Disaster Film After 9/11'
Barry Monahan (2018) 'Kant's Sublime and the Disaster Film After 9/11' In: Rethinking Genre in Contemporary Global Cinema. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2015)'Irish Cinema in Italy: the Roma Irish Film Festa'
Barry Monahan & Ciara Chambers (2015) 'Irish Cinema in Italy: the Roma Irish Film Festa' In: Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2015)'Introduction'
Barry Monahan (2015) 'Introduction' In: Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2014)'The Home Movie and Space of Communication'
Odin, Roger (translation Barry Monahan) (2014) 'The Home Movie and Space of Communication' In: Rascaroli, Laura, Gwenda Young, Barry Monahan (eds). Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web. New York, London, New Delhi, Sydney: Bloomsbury. [Details]
(2014)'Pure Male: Masculine Spaces and Stasis in Eugene O’Brien’s Pure Mule'
Monahan, Barry (2014) 'Pure Male: Masculine Spaces and Stasis in Eugene O’Brien’s Pure Mule' In: Holohan, Conn and Tony Tracy (eds). Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger's Tales. London, New York: Palgrave, Macmillan. [Details]
(2014)'Introduction'
Barry Monahan (with Laura Rascaroli & Gwenda Young) (2014) 'Introduction' In: Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web. New York, London, New Delhi, Sydney: Bloomsbury. [Details]
(2014)'Creating Historiography: Alan Gilsenan’s Formal Reframing of Amateur Archival Footage in Home Movie Nights'
Monahan, Barry (2014) 'Creating Historiography: Alan Gilsenan’s Formal Reframing of Amateur Archival Footage in Home Movie Nights' In: Rascaroli, Laura, Gwenda Young, Barry Monahan (eds). Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web. New York, London, New Delhi, Sydney: Bloomsbury. [Details]
(2012)'The phenomenological narrative shift between Lenny Abrahamson’s Adam and Paul and Garage'
Monahan, Barry (2012) 'The phenomenological narrative shift between Lenny Abrahamson’s Adam and Paul and Garage' In: Bracken, Claire & Radley, Emma (eds). Viewpoints: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'The Pedagogical Culture of Irish Film Production: A Short History'
Monahan B; (2009) 'The Pedagogical Culture of Irish Film Production: A Short History' In: Cinemas of Ireland. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.   [Details]
(2008)'Forward'
Barry Monahan (2008) 'Forward' In: Cinema Dall’Irlanda. Rome: Onyx Editizioni. [Details]
(2009)'Narrative Pleasures of the Visualised Nation: The Quiet Man and Disruptive Systems of Viewing'
Monahan B; (2009) 'Narrative Pleasures of the Visualised Nation: The Quiet Man and Disruptive Systems of Viewing' In: The Quiet Man ... and Beyond: Reflections on a Classic Film, John Ford and Ireland. Dublin: The Liffey Press.   [Details]
(2009)'Defining Ourselves Through the Irishness that we Sell: The Comedy of Cultural COmmodification in Mark Joffe's The Matchmaker (1997)'
Monahan B; (2009) 'Defining Ourselves Through the Irishness that we Sell: The Comedy of Cultural COmmodification in Mark Joffe's The Matchmaker (1997)' In: Screening Irish-America: Representing Irish Film and Television. Dublin, Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press.   [Details]
(2007)'Playing Cops and Robbers: Recent Irish Cinema and Generic Parody'
Monahan B; (2007) 'Playing Cops and Robbers: Recent Irish Cinema and Generic Parody' In: Genre and Cinema: Ireland and Transnationalism. New York: Routledge.   [Details]
(2004)'Keeping it imaginary, cultivating the symbollic: a study of national self-perception in recent Irish cinema'
Monahan B; (2004) 'Keeping it imaginary, cultivating the symbollic: a study of national self-perception in recent Irish cinema' In: Keeping It Real. London: Wallflower Press.   [Details]
(2004)'A frayed collaboration: Emmet Dalton and the Abbey Theatre adaptations at Ardmore Studios, 1957-`60'
Barry Monahan; (2004) 'A frayed collaboration: Emmet Dalton and the Abbey Theatre adaptations at Ardmore Studios, 1957-`60' In: National Cinema and Beyond. Dublin: Four Courts Press.   [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2015)Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts
Barry Monahan (Ed.). (2015) Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2014)Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web
Rascaroli, Laura, Gwenda Young and Barry Monahan (Ed.). (2014) Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web. London: Bloomsbury Academic. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'The Cinematic Informer: An Amateur Production'
Barry Monahan (2020) 'The Cinematic Informer: An Amateur Production'. The New Hibernia Review, 24 (2, Summer, 2020):30-40 [Details]
(2014)'The Concrete Manifestations of Emotional Eternity in Brendan Muldowney’s Love Eternal (2013)'
Monahan, Barry (2014) 'The Concrete Manifestations of Emotional Eternity in Brendan Muldowney’s Love Eternal (2013)'. Estudios Irlandeses, 9 :215-218   [Details]
(2011)'A Masala of Musicals: Short Film Incentives by Bord Scannán Na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board)'
Barry Monahan; (2011) 'A Masala of Musicals: Short Film Incentives by Bord Scannán Na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board)'. Estudios Irlandeses, Volume 6 [Details]
(2010)'Pure Mule, The Last Weekend: the finite televisual narrative'
B Monahan; (2010) 'Pure Mule, The Last Weekend: the finite televisual narrative'. Estudios Irlandeses, Volume 5 [Details]
(2009)'In the Beginning: Ardmore Studios Celebrates 50'
Monahan, B; (2009) 'In the Beginning: Ardmore Studios Celebrates 50'. Estudios Irlandeses, Vol. 4 :153-156   [Details]
(2008)'Lenny Abrahamson's Garage: a drama of cinematic silence'
Monahan, B; (2008) 'Lenny Abrahamson's Garage: a drama of cinematic silence'. Estudios Irlandeses, Vol. 3 :236-238   [Details]
(2007)'Attack of the killer cows! Genre and context in Billy O'Brien's Isolation (2006)'
Monahan, B; (2007) 'Attack of the killer cows! Genre and context in Billy O'Brien's Isolation (2006)'. Estudios Irlandeses, Vol. 2 :264-266   [Details]
(2006)'Adam and Paul: post-modern Irish tragi-comedy'
Monahan, B; (2006) 'Adam and Paul: post-modern Irish tragi-comedy'. Estudios Irlandeses, Vol. 1 :167-169   [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'David Lean: Master of Space and Light'
Barry Monahan (2015) 'David Lean: Master of Space and Light' The Irish Examiner, . [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2007)Cinema and Northern Ireland: John Hill.
Monahan B; (2007) Cinema and Northern Ireland: John Hill. New York: Book Reviews   [Details]

Guest Speaker

 YearPublication
(2009)Roma Irish Film Festival (Recent Trends in Irish Television) Casa del Cinema, Villa Borghese, Rome.
Monahan, B; (2009) Roma Irish Film Festival (Recent Trends in Irish Television) Casa del Cinema, Villa Borghese, Rome. Guest Speaker [Details]
(2008)The 50th Anniversary of Ardmore Studies - Irish Film Institute, Dublin.
Monahan, B; (2008) The 50th Anniversary of Ardmore Studies - Irish Film Institute, Dublin. Guest Speaker [Details]
(2008)Contemporary Irish Cinema - Film Institute Cineteca de Bologna.
Monahan, B; (2008) Contemporary Irish Cinema - Film Institute Cineteca de Bologna. Guest Speaker [Details]
(2004)The Abbey Theatre on Film: A Centenary Celebration - Irish Film Institute, Dublin.
Monahan, B; (2004) The Abbey Theatre on Film: A Centenary Celebration - Irish Film Institute, Dublin. Guest Speaker [Details]

Invited Lectures

 YearPublication
(2009)Celtic Tiger Ireland (Contexts for Contemporary Cinema) University of Freiburg.
Monahan, B; (2009) Celtic Tiger Ireland (Contexts for Contemporary Cinema) University of Freiburg. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2009)Contemporary Irish Culture (Irish Film: National Accents and International Aesthetics) University of Freiburg.
Monahan, B; (2009) Contemporary Irish Culture (Irish Film: National Accents and International Aesthetics) University of Freiburg. Invited Lectures [Details]

Review Articles

 YearPublication
(2009)Review of Gideon Nisbet's Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture.
Monahan, B; (2009) Review of Gideon Nisbet's Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture. Cork: Review Articles [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2010Frank O'Connor - A Man of Many Voices, Radio Documentary Broadcast Authority of Ireland
2008Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies from 1930 - 1970 Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
2002Postgraduate Award Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
2000Fellowship of Arts, University College Dublin University College Dublin

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Arts Council Member of Review Panel04-JUN-18 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2007)Screening Irish America Conference,
Monahan B; (2007) Defining ourselves through the Irishness that we sell: the comedy of cultural commodification in Mark Joffe's The Matchmaker. [Oral Presentation], Screening Irish America Conference, UCD, Dublin , 01-APR-07 - 01-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)Contemporary Irish Cinema,
Monahan B; (2007) The pedagogical culture of Irish film production: a short history. [Oral Presentation], Contemporary Irish Cinema, Université de Limoges, France , 01-NOV-07 - 01-NOV-07. [Details]
(2005)The Quiet Man Conference,
Monahan B; (2005) The Quiet Man as a document of Irish theatrical performance. [Oral Presentation], The Quiet Man Conference, NUI, Galway , 01-AUG-05 - 01-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)Genre and Irish Cinema International Conference,
Monahan B; (2005) Playing Cops and Robbers: Recent Irish Cinema and Generic Parody. [Oral Presentation], Genre and Irish Cinema International Conference, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, BC, Canada , 01-MAR-05 - 01-MAR-05. [Details]
(2003)Irish Cinema Studies Postgraduate Conference,
Monahan B; (2003) The Abbey Theatre and the Irish Film Industry, 1930 - 1960. [Oral Presentation], Irish Cinema Studies Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College, Dublin , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2002)Screening Identities,
Monahan, B; (2002) Performance and Representation Studies. [Oral Presentation], Screening Identities, University of Wales, Aberystwyth , 25-JAN-02 - 27-JAN-02. [Details]
(2002)Cross Currents A.H.R.B. Irish and Scottish Studies,
Monahan, B; (2002) Conference on Irish Studies. [Oral Presentation], Cross Currents A.H.R.B. Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen , 19-APR-02 - 21-APR-02. [Details]
(2002)Keeping it Real Irish Film Studies,
Monahan, B; (2002) International Conference on Irish Film Studies. [Oral Presentation], Keeping it Real Irish Film Studies, University College Dublin , 22-MAR-02 - 24-MAR-02. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Academic Developments & Standards Committee CACSSS ADC Representative2019 /
CACSSS Academic Developments Committee Chair2018 /
CACSSS Academic Developments Committee Member2010 / 2018
Cork University Press: Editorial Sub-Committee Member2009 / 2018

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Trinity College Dublin Lecturer (Film Studies)01-SEP-05 / 01-DEC-06
UCD Lecturer (Film Studies)01-SEP-04 / 01-AUG-05
UCD Lecturer (Film Studies)01-SEP-00 / 01-AUG-02

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1996Trinity College Dublin BA (Hons)Unknown
1999UCD MAUnknown
2004Trinity College Dublin PHDUnknown

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
French FluentFunctionalFunctional

Outreach Activities

 Description

December 2008: Guest Speaker at a Panel Discussion on The 50th Anniversary of Ardmore Studies at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin


October 2008: Guest Speaker at a Round Table Discussion on Contemporary Irish Cinema at the Film Institute Cineteca de Bologna.


November, 2009: Guest Speaker on Contemporary Irish Culture (Irish Film: National Accents and International Aesthetics) at the University of Freiburg

January, 2009: Key Note Guest Speaker at a Public Discussion on Celtic Tiger Ireland (Contexts for Contemporary Cinema) at the University of Freiburg.


November, 2009: Guest Speaker and Interviewer at the Roma Irish Film Festival (Recent Trends in Irish Television) Casa del Cinema, Villa Borghese, Rome

November 2004: Guest Speaker at The Abbey Theatre on Film: A Centenary Celebration at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin.  Public Address “The Abbey Theatre and the Ardmore Studios Project.”

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Dennehy Tadhg Doctoral Degree
Costello Sandra Marie Doctoral Degree
O Riordan Nicholas Anthony Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2010Critical Skills Seminar I EN2006Critical Skills Seminar I
2010Contemporary Literature and Culture EN3076Contemporary Literature and Culture
2010European Cinema EN3037European Cinema
2010Special Studies Seminar II EN3007Special Studies Seminar II
2010First English EN1001First English

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