Caroline Magennis

Dr Caroline Magennis

Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Admissions Lead for Literature, Language, Creative Writing and Drama


Prior to joining Salford in 2014, I taught North American Study Abroad students at Harlaxton College in Lincolnshire. I have held research and teaching positions at University College Dublin, the University of Limerick and Queen's University, Belfast, where I gained my PhD in 2007.


Modules Convened:

•    Theory and Practice (First Year Core)

•    Revival and Revolution: Irish Literature 1890-1930 (Second Year Option)

•    Alternative Ulster: Northern Irish Literature and Culture (Third Year Option)

•    Modernism (Third Year Core)

I also contribute to our MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity and supervise doctoral students.


Research Interests

I am a specialist in modern and contemporary literature, with particular intellectual interests in Contemporary Fiction, Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Literature, Northern Irish Culture, Memory and Critical Theory.

Qualifications and Memberships

•          British Association of Irish Studies (Executive Council Member and Communications Co-Ordinator, January 2013-Present).

•          British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (Co-founded, Executive Committee Member and Publicity Officer, May 2016-Present)

•          European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (Steering Board Member and UK Representative, September 2015-Present)

•          International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.

•          American Conference of Irish Studies.

•          Northern Postcolonial Network



  • Sons of Ulster: Masculinities in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010.


Refereed Journal Articles

  • ‘“Bubbles of joy”: Moments of Pleasure in recent Northern Irish Culture.’ Études Irlandaises (2017)
  • ‘Titanic Men and Special Powers”: Re-writing Protestant History in the novels of Glenn Patterson.’ Irish Studies Review, 22.4 (2015).
  • ‘“He devours her with his gaze’: Maurice Leitch’s Stamping Ground and the politics of the visual.’ Irish University Review, 44.2 (2014).
  • ‘“Each fantasy chosen begin”: The music of The Divine Comedy.’ Irish Studies Review, 21.2 (2013).
  • ‘“What does not respect borders”: The Troubled Body and the ‘Peace’ Process in some Northern Irish fiction.’ Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 36.1 (2012).
  • ‘“[That] great swollen belly”: The Excessive Maternal in some recent Northern Irish Fiction.’ Irish Studies Review, 18.1 (2010).


Book Chapters

  • ‘Intimacy in Contemporary Northern Irish Short Fiction: The Glass Shore (2016).’ Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Literary Fiction. London: Routledge, 2018.
  •  ‘Sex and Violence in Northern Irish Women’s Fiction.’ The Handbook of Modern Irish Fiction. Ed. Liam Harte. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  •  ‘Fiction from Northern Ireland.’ A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature. Ed. Heather Ingman and Cliona O Gallchoir. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • ‘“That’s not so comfortable for you, is it?’ The spectre of misogyny in The Fall.’ The Body in Pain in Irish Culture. Ed. Emilie Pine and Fionnuala Dillane. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016.
  •  ‘My narrative falters, as it must’: Rethinking Memory in recent Northern Irish Fiction.’ Post-Conflict Literature. Ed. Chris Andrews and Matthew McGuire. Routledge, 2016.
  • ‘“The Unpleasantness”: Queer Space in Northern Irish fiction.’ No Country For Old Men: Fresh Perspectives on Irish Literature. Ed. Alison O’Malley-Younger and Paddy Lyons. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008.
  • ‘The Unrelenting Protagonist: The Anti-Hero in the Novels of Eoin McNamee.’ Beyond the Anchoring Grounds: More Crosscurrents in Irish and Scottish Studies, edited by Shane Murphy, Johanna Archbold, John Gibney and Carole Jones. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona, 2005.


Edited Books and Special Issue

  • #Agreement20: The Impact and Legacy of the 1998 Agreement. Open Library of the Humanities, co-edited with George Legg and Maggie Scull, 2018
  • ‘The Melancholy Empire: Twenty-First Century British and Irish Literature.’ C21, co-edited with Alex Beaumont, 2017.
  • Irish Masculinities: Critical Reflections on Literature and Culture. Ed. and intro. Caroline Magennis and Raymond Mullen. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011.
  • A Further Shore: Essays in Irish and Scottish Studies. Ed. and intro. Eadaoin Agnew, Eamonn Hughes, Caroline Magennis and Christina Morin. Aberdeen: Aberdeen UP: 2008.