Medieval literature, Chaucer, theology and literature, early Irish poetry, medieval history, manuscript studies, modern medievalisms, history of literary criticism, historical linguistics
Poetry in English, especially post-’45 African, British, and Irish
Postcolonial / global anglophone / world literature
African studies, particularly Nigeria
Book and publishing history
Religion and globalization
I lecture on English Literature (primarily fiction) and Irish Studies at NUIM.
Impure Thoughts, my study of Catholicism, sexuality and modernity in the twentieth-century Irish bildungsroman, was published by Manchester UP in 2012.
Along with essays on Irish twentieth-century fiction I’ve also written on gender and sexual politics in contemporary Irish culture. I’m currently working on a study of the male body and the homoerotic, and its connection with ideas about modernity and revolution, in Irish writing from Roger Casement and Padraig Pearse to the contemporary gay novel.
My main areas of interest are Irish Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; history of the novel; Queer Theory; Marxist literary theory.
Sarah L. Townsend is a scholar of modern and contemporary Irish fiction and drama, with particular interests in genre, economic development, race, and migration. Her published and forthcoming scholarship appears in New Literary History, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, and a variety of edited collections. She is completing a monograph on the modern Irish Bildungsdrama, and her new research focuses on race and immigration in Ireland and the United States. Dr. Townsend is co-founder of the Irish Studies program at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Conference for Irish Studies-West.
I am the Rare Book Research Librarian at Wilson Special Collections Library, which is part of University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I hold a PhD in English from Emory University, where I studied Irish and Appalachian literature and folklore. My current scholarship focuses on twentieth century book history in underrepresented communities as well as radical empathy in the special collections classroom. In my current position at UNC, I support research and teaching with rare books, archives, and special collections.
I am a doctoral candidate in English at Princeton University. My research focuses on postcolonial studies, critical theory, and the literature of the plantation zones and diasporas of the Americas—especially Anglophone and Hispanophone Caribbean literature and African-American literature. I also have long-standing interests in U.S. Latina/o literature, twentieth-century Irish and British literature, and the history and theory of the novel. My dissertation project, “Freedom and Plantation Form,” examines how the plantation is figured as a space for freedom and self-making in Caribbean literature, film, and critical writing after 1945.
I specialize in the medieval British Isles and North Atlantic World, with emphasis on Old and Middle English, Anglo- Norman, Welsh, and Old Norse/Icelandic languages, literatures, and cultures, alongside interests in premodern Irish, Scottish, and French literature and culture as well. I have a broad range of research and teaching interests, including Arthuriana; Chaucer; Robin Hood/outlawry; women’s and gender studies, particularly women’s literate practices; alchemy, magic, and esoterica; monsters and the supernatural; hagiography; literature and the law; genre studies in romance, chronicle, dream vision, mystic and devotional literature; cultural and historical literary studies (feasts and feasting; disasters and delights; violence and trauma; chivalry and courtliness; dreams and dreaming; landscapes and the environment; medieval afterlives); comparative literature; ecocritical and animal studies; manuscript studies/ text technologies and history of the English language. I am trained as an interdisciplinary literary historian, and as a scholar I am interested in the relationships between texts and the cultures that produce them, and invested in the ways in which multiple methodologies can be used in tandem to create a more focused and nuanced lens on a single subject. To that end, I make use of theoretical paradigms and methods from English, History, Art History, Anthropology, Culture/ Material and Gender Studies, among others, in my research and writing.
I am Assistant Professor of European Literature at Radboud University, where I teach courses on modern literature and literary theory. My publications include a monograph, Anthony Trollope’s Late Style: Victorian Liberalism and Literary Form (Edinburgh UP, 2016), as well as a special issue on literature and economics forthcoming in the European Journal of English Studies (2017) and the Edinburgh Companion to Anthony Trollope (2019). I am currently working on a literary history of nineteenth-century diplomacy, with a particular focus on British and Irish views on the Risorgimento. I also have an interest in word and image studies and have created a film, The Pleasure of That Obstinacy, an intellectual portrait of J. Hillis Miller.
My research interests include British modernism and modern poetry; David Jones; Geoffrey Hill; T.S. Eliot; Sylvia Townsend Warner; Louis MacNeice; modernism and national identity; modernism and religion. A native of Toronto, I am currently professor and chair of English at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.