Otago Irish Studies


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Peter Kuch

Email: peter.kuch@otago.ac.nz

Peter Kuch is the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies. He holds an Honours degree from the University of Wales and an M.Litt and D.Phil from Oxford, where he studied with Richard Ellmann and John Kelly. He has held posts at the University of Newcastle, Australia; Université de Caen, France; and the University of New South Wales, Australia; and been a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University; at Trinity College, Dublin; and the Keogh Naughton Institute at Notre Dame (USA). He has published more than 60 refereed articles, book chapters and books on Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Irish theatre, Irish literature, Irish and Australian film, literary theory, Australian literature, and Irish/Australian history and presented conference papers and given lectures in over 30 countries. He is a commissioning editor for the Irish Studies Review (Routledge) and is on the Editorial Board of several journals.

His most recent book, Irish Divorce/Joyce's Ulysses (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) has received plaudits from Professors Declan Kiberd ("a tour de force"), Finn Fordham ("original, provocative, compelling"), Luke Gibbons ("exemplary scholarship") and Terence Killeen ("Hugely impressive. … changes the balance of forces in the [Blooms'] relationship, and in the whole concept of marriage in Ireland"). 

He is currently engaged in writing a cultural history of the performance of Irish theatre in New Zealand and Australia and is the representative for those countries on the international organising committee of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project. He is available to supervise post-graduate research in any of those areas on which he has published.

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Liam McIlvanney

Email: liam.mcilvanney@otago.ac.nz

Liam McIlvanney is the inaugural Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies. He holds degrees from the universities of Glasgow and Oxford and was previously Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen. His monograph, Burns the Radical: Poetry and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland, won the 2002 Saltire First Book Award. He has published on various aspects of eighteenth-century Scottish literature, Ulster-Scots poetry, and contemporary Scottish fiction. He is co-editor (with Dr Ray Ryan) of Ireland and Scotland: Culture and Society, 1700-2000 (2005), and co-editor (with Dr Gerard Carruthers) of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature. He is currently researching Scottish allusions and affiliations in the work of the New Zealand poet James K. Baxter and completing a book chapter on ‘The Literature of the Scottish Diaspora’. A former General Editor of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, he serves on the advisory board of the International Journal of Scottish Literature. His reviews have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.

His first novel, All the Colours of the Town, was published by Faber in 2009. His second novel, Where the Dead Men Go, was published by Faber in 2013.


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Angela McCarthy

Email: angela.mccarthy@otago.ac.nz

Angela McCarthy is Professor of Scottish and Irish History. She holds an Honours Degree and a first class Masters Degree from University College Dublin, and a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin. Her research focuses on Scottish and Irish migration since the nineteenth century. She is currently completing a project on the representations of Scottish and Irish identities in New Zealand to be published by Manchester University Press in 2010. Her next major project, a collaborative venture with Dr Cathy Coleborne of the University of Waikato and a small research team, has received support from the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand to explore issues of migration, ethnicity, and madness in New Zealand and Australia. Her most recent monographs include Personal Narratives of Irish and Scottish Migration, 1921-65: ‘For Spirit and Adventure’ (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007) and Irish Migrants in New Zealand, 1840-1937: ‘The Desired Haven’ (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2005, Irish Historical Monographs Series).

As part of the Irish Studies minor, Angela will be offering a paper on Irish and Scottish Migrations.


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Chris Ackerley

Email: chris.ackerley@otago.ac.nz

Chris Ackerley is Professor of English at the University of Otago. His PhD (University of Toronto) was on James Joyce's Ulysses, and the aspects of ambiguity and validity he identified have shaped both his teaching practice (a celebration of the "significant detail" and the "demented particular") and his research interests (his annotations of Malcolm Lowry and Samuel Beckett).

His most recent publications include: Demented Particulars: The Annotated Murphy (1998 and 2004); Obscure Locks, Simple Keys: The Annotated Watt (2005); and (with S.E. Gontarski) The Grove Press and Faber Companion to Samuel Beckett (2004 and 2006) and an annotated edition of Beckett's Watt (Faber 2009).

He is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Beckett Studies, and is currently working on a scholarly edition of Beckett's Watt as well as an extensive study (the dialectic of religion and epistemology) of Samuel Beckett and Science.

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Brett Nicholls

Email: brett.nicholls@otago.ac.nz

Brett Nicholls is a lecturer in the Department of Media, Film and Communication. He holds a PhD from Murdoch University, where he completed his studies with Vijay Mishra. He is currently involved in research in critical theory, film and media, and postcolonial studies, with a particular interest in questions of national identity. He has published articles on the work of Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, and Gilles Deleuze, along with work on negotiating space in digital environments.

He is currently writing a book on contemporary media in Australia, New Zealand, and Britain.

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Stuart Young

Email: stuart.young@otago.ac.nz

Stuart Young is Associate Professor and Head of the Theatre Studies programme. He holds an MA(Hons) in Russian and French from Victoria University, Wellington, and a PhD from Cambridge, where he studied under Peter Holland. His research interests include: Russian drama, in particular Chekhov, and its reception abroad; Translation Studies and translation for the theatre; modern British drama and theatre; New Zealand drama and theatre; gay and queer drama; documentary/verbatim theatre; and theatre directing. He is also a director, translator and reviewer. He has recently translated Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard for Circa Theatre, Wellington (2005 and 2007), and in 2009 led a project to create a documentary play on family violence, Hush.

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Lisa Marr

Email: lisa.marr@otago.ac.nz

Lisa Marr lectures, tutors and researches Irish literary and cultural history. Her major research interests are an extension of the work she accomplished in her doctoral thesis, History from the Poet's Hand: Thomas Flanagan's The Year of the French.

In her thesis she explored the relationship between history and fiction in The Year of the French and identified historical and literary sources for this work. While much of her research has centred on late-eighteenth-century Irish history, Ireland's connection with France, and the spread of revolutionary ideas, Lisa has also lectured and tutored on Sean O'Casey and Brian Friel, and worked on major research projects on Samuel Beckett and the Irish Theatrical Disapora.

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William Martin

Email: william.martin@otago.ac.nz

William Martin is the inaugural Irish Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow. He has recently completed a manuscript for a book titled Rhythm Begins: Joyce and the Modern Period, which analyses the rhythmic dimension of James Joyce’s styles, and outlines a new concept of the “modern period” that describes the interaction between modernist poetry, prose and drama. In addition to studying Irish modernists such as Joyce, Wilde and Yeats, he has a strong interest in the culture of ancient Greece, and is working on another manuscript that looks at the origin of the Greek word rhythmos and its relationship to the oral poetry of Homer and the philosophy of Plato. Both research projects were inspired by his doctoral thesis, which was awarded the prize of "best thesis" by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. In his spare time, Will enjoys playing jazz piano and saxophone, as well as singing tenor in the Southern Consort.

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Lisa Warrington

Email: lisa.warrington@otago.ac.nz

Lisa Warrington is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies. She holds an MA from the University of Tasmania. Her principal interests are directing for the stage, New Zealand and Pacific Island theatre, dramaturgy, site-specific theatre, postcolonial theatre, Shakespeare, Australian drama, multiculturalism, Stuart court masque, and the plays of Chekhov. In addition to her teaching duties and research interests, Lisa has extensive professional experience as a director, including a long association with Dunedin's Fortune Theatre. She is a major promoter of the theatre of Aotearoa/New Zealand through her teaching, her writing, her directing, her work on the Theatre Aotearoa database, and through associated work over many years with Playmarket as director and/or dramaturg on many new scripts. Lisa has directed over 130 productions, both professionally and working with student actors, including many New Zealand plays and works by Shakespeare. She is also a founder and Trust Board member of WoW! Productions, an independent theatre cooperative in Dunedin. Lisa has been named in the New Zealand Listener's annual "best director" awards lists on a number of occasions.

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