Caroline Magennis

Dr Caroline Magennis

Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature


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)

Modules Taught:
•    Literature, Culture, Modernity (MA Core)

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

From School of English, Queen’s University Belfast: BA (2003), MA (2004), PhD (2007)

•    British Association of Irish Studies (Executive Council Member and Communications Co-Ordinator, January 2013-Present).
•    British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (Executive Committee Member and Publicity Officer, May 2016-Present)
•    European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (Steering Board Member 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

•           ‘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

•           ‘Sex and Violence in Northern Irish Women’s Fiction’. The Handbook of Modern Irish Fiction. Ed. Liam Harte. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

•           ‘Fiction from Northern Ireland’. A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature. Ed. Heather Ingman and Cliona O Gallchoir. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

•           ‘My narrative falters, as it must’: Rethinking Memory in recent Northern Irish Fiction’. Post-Conflict Literature. Ed. Chris Andrews and Matthew McGuire. Routledge, 2016.

•           ‘“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.

•           ‘“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

•           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.


Works In Progress

•           Monograph Proposal:  So Hard to Beat: Recovering Pleasure in Northern Irish Culture.  Submit Spring 2017.

•           Special Issue: ‘The Melancholy Empire: Twenty-First Century British and Irish Literature’. C21, co-edited with Alex Beaumont, Forthcoming 2017.


Peer Reviewing

•           Section Editor for Contemporary Literature for Open Library of the Humanities.

•           Editorial Board, Irish Studies Review and Irish Studies in Europe.

•           Book reviewer for Irish Studies Review and The Irish Review.

•           Peer reviewer for Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Irish Studies Review, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Textus, Irish University Review and Journal of Art Historiography.


Invited Talks

  • ‘"Only for a moment; but it was enough": Writing Intimacy in Recent Northern Irish Literature'.  University of Cambridge Irish Seminar, 2016-7. 
  • '"I’m getting ahead of myself, I know, jumbling things up again": The Problems and Possibilities of Memory.' ESRC Memory Seminar, University of Huddersfield, July 2016.
  •  ‘"History exists in your body": The Legacy of Nationalist Biopolitics in Contemporary Culture’. Rethinking the Hunger Strikes. King’s College London, June 2016.
  • ‘Untold Pleasures in Northern Irish Writing’. London Irish Seminar at Institute of English Studies, Senate House, October 2015.
  • Contemporary Historical Fiction Roundtable with Joseph Brooker and Martin Eve, Birkbeck Arts Week, May 2015.
  • Conference Keynote: ‘The Recesses of Loss: Melancholia and Futurity in Twenty-First Century Northern Irish Fiction’. The Literature of Loss, University of Limerick, February 2015.
  • ‘Bodies that Matter in Northern Ireland’.  Critical Approaches to the Peace Process, Edge Hill University, January 2015.
  • ‘Beyond the Past: Theoretical Approaches to ‘Post’-conflict Culture’. University of Salford Arts and Media Research Seminar, November 2014.
  • ‘Televising the Spectre of Misogyny in the 'new' Northern Ireland’. Theory Seminar Series at York St John, November 2014
  • ‘The Past and Possibility in Northern Irish Fiction’. Media, Society and Post-Conflict Culture Symposium, University of Ulster, September 2014.