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Dr Caroline Magennis

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


Having worked at Salford since 2014, I previously held research and teaching positions at University College, Dublin, Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Limerick. I am the Chair of the British Association for Irish Studies.


  • 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: Narrative Fiction and the Novel (First Year Core), Introduction to Poetry (First Year Core), Popular Fictions (First Year Core), Literature, Culture, Modernity (MA Core), Burgess and his Contemporaries (MA Option), Theory, Text, Writing (MA Core), MA Dissertation Supervision
  • PhD Supervision: Amjad Ashalan (Beckett and Visual Art), 2015-2018.

Research Interests

I am a specialist in modern and contemporary literature, with particular interests in contemporary fiction, Irish literature, Northern Irish culture and critical theory.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • British Association of Irish Studies (Chair from January 2018 - Present, Executive Council Member and Communications Co-Ordinator from January 2013 - January 2018).
  • 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 and UK Representative, September 2015-Present)
  • International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.
  • Section Editor for Contemporary Literature for Open Library of the Humanities.
  • Editorial Board, Irish Studies Review and Irish Studies in Europe.
  • Book reviewer for Times Higher Education, 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.
  • Book proposal reviewer: Palgrave Macmillan



  • Northern Irish Writing After the Troubles: Affect, Intimacy and Literary Form. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.
  • 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, 2018.
  • ‘“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. This was selected to be anthologised in Reimagining Ireland: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2018).
  • ‘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. Collaborative Writing and Editing Projects
  • Invited contribution (by Prof. Margaret Kelleher) - Responding to The Glass Shore: An Anthology of Readers, Irish University Review 47.3 (Autumn/Winter 2017).
  • ‘#Agreement20: The Impact and Legacy of the 1998 Agreement’. Open Library of the Humanities, ed. and intro with George Legg and Maggie Scull, 2018
  • ‘The Melancholy Empire: Twenty-First Century British and Irish Literature.’ C21, ed. and intro with Alex Beaumont, 2017.
  • Irish Masculinities: Critical Reflections on Literature and Culture, ed. and intro with Raymond Mullen. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011.
  • A Further Shore: Essays in Irish and Scottish Studies, ed. and intro with Eadaoin Agnew, Eamonn Hughes and Christina Morin. Aberdeen: Aberdeen UP: 2008.